The cumulative incidence rate in the Basque Country has exceeded the 100 point barrier and stands at 109 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 86 the week before. In addition, Gipuzkoa tops the list with a cumulative incidence of 174.33 cases, according to the latest weekly epidemiological bulletin from the Department of Health of the Basque Government.
Euskadi registered ten deaths from covid-19 between October 1 and 7, three more deaths than in the previous week, and the number of new positives has also increased from 979 in the previous week to 1424. In fact , every day of the past week the one hundred positives were exceeded, although the highest number was registered on day 4 with 307.
The percentage of infections based on the diagnostic tests carried out was 6.2% yesterday, almost one point higher than the 5.5% of the previous Sunday.
Thus, all indicators of the pandemic rise, fewer people admitted to intensive care units, which drop from 26 to 24.
The bulletin indicates, in turn, that 90 people affected by covid-19 remain in the plant, four more than there were a week ago.
The high cumulative incidence stands out among the 6 to 12 age group, which exceeds 300 cases (302.30), compared to 174.5 the previous week, a figure that confirms that the spread of the virus among children of that age group who are not yet included in the vaccination strategy is fired.
Furthermore, the highest incidence rate at 14 days corresponds to Gipuzkoa with 174.33 cases (116.45 the previous week), but it has also risen to 79.46 in Bizkaia (75.54 last week), and both territories They are on yellow alert. Álava, with 62.99 cases (54.21 cases a week ago) has moved into the yellow zone.
Regarding the cumulative incidence rate in the last seven days, it also increased from 44.51 cases in the previous week to 64.74 cases this last week.
The basic reproductive number (R0) has also increased and reaches 1.22 (1.06 the previous week), while the rate ratio (which compares the current incidence rate accumulated in 14 days with that of a week ago) is 1 .26, up from 1.14 the previous week.
Precisely, the Basque Minister of Health, Gotzone Sagardui, has warned that there has been “an upward trend in the number of infections”, after a week in which 200 new daily cases have been exceeded, which is “a lot” . For this reason, he has said that it is not ruled out that they take restrictive measures at Christmas if the situation continues to worsen.
Five Basque towns with more than 5000 inhabitants are in the red zone, and therefore with high transmission of the virus: Salvatierra, Abadiño, Astigarraga, Azpeitia and Zumárraga. The case of the Gipuzkoan municipality of Astigarraga stands out, which in one week has gone from 254.5 to 1108, the highest figure of all Basque populations.
As for the number of Basques who have been inoculated with the third dose of the vaccine against covid-19, it now reaches 106,569 people, that is, another 35,860 doses have been given in a week.
The vaccination bulletin collects these data in a day in which Osakidetza has enabled the prior appointment system to inject the second doses to the nearly 99,000 people who received the Janssen single-dose vaccine.
Meanwhile, the third doses continue to be inoculated to those over 70 years of age who received the vaccine more than six months ago or immunosuppressed people who need that additional shot of reinforcement against covid-19.
The Lehendakari asks for “prudence”
In this context, the Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, has asked citizens for “prudence” and “responsibility” to maintain prevention measures and thus avoid “having to adopt new restrictive measures.”
“Prevention, prudence and patience, because the virus is still among us”, Urkullu pointed out in his speech during a visit to the Coca-Cola factory in Galdakao (Bizkaia).
The Lehendakari has reiterated the need to continue to use the mask rigorously, maintain social distance and avoid crowds, given the “rebound” in new cases of Covid-19 in Europe and also in the Basque Country, in order to arrive “with greater guarantees “to Christmas.
“We are on time. It is in our hands to reverse the situation and avoid having to adopt new restrictive measures,” said Urkullu.