Spain breaks the record for daily infections of the pandemic

The Ministry of Health has notified this Tuesday the highest number of infections in a single day since the start of the pandemic: 49,823 cases. A record driven by the sixth wave in which our country is found, which has brought the accumulated incidence to the 695 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and it has put it on the verge of surpassing the peak of the fifth wave, registered at the end of July.

In addition to this report, at least three autonomous communities -Madrid, Navarra and the Basque Country- have reported similar events this Tuesday. For its part, Catalonia has reached the highest number of infections in this sixth wave. All this has made the incidence at the level of very high risk in all territories, except in Andalusia and Castilla-La Mancha.

In this context, the Public Health Commission has decided that those infected with the omicron variant will no longer have to be quarantined and the autonomous governments will meet this Wednesday at the Conference of Presidents to decide whether to implement new measures to continue facing the wave of infections before Christmas.

Basque Country and Navarra: record of infections and incidence

The Basque Country Y Navarra continue to record records of daily infections in the sixth wave of the pandemic, with 2,711 and 921 new cases of COVID-19 detected since Monday, as reported by their respective governments.

Beyond the daily reports, Navarra and Euskadi have the highest incidence in Spain together with La Rioja and Aragón. All of them exceed the thousand cases, with similar effects on the Hospital pressure: ICUs in the four communities are around 20% occupied.

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If in the whole of Spain all age groups up to age 69 are at very high riskIn Navarra and the Basque Country, with young people between the ages of 20 and 29 leading the contagion of over 1,000 cases, the situation of septuagenarians, who are already at high risk, is also worrying.

Madrid breaks record of daily cases in the pandemic

For its part, Madrid has reported 9,518 cases this Tuesday in the last 24 hours, its highest figure since the start of the pandemic. There are 7,100 new cases more than those detected last Monday, but the situation is less tense for now than in Navarra or the Basque Country.

The global incidence exceeds 800 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and the risk of contagion according to this indicator is maximum for all age groups up to 69 years. Although Madrid repeats the same pattern as most of the territories in Spain, the incidence does not exceed 300 cases in those over 70 years of age, who resist at a medium risk level.

Madrid hospitals are also withstanding the onslaught for the moment, with an occupancy of 5.3% on the floor and 897 patients admitted. In the same way, the risk is medium in ICUs, with 14.3% of its beds treating severe COVID patients.

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Communities could agree to new measures this Wednesday

Faced with this scenario, the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has summoned the regional presidents to address potential restrictions that help contain the pandemic. However, among the most affected communities, there seems to be no consensus on how to deal with a rebound in the middle of the Christmas holidays.

While the Basque Country and Navarra remain expectant to the decisions that can be reached in this forum for the whole of the territory without excluding possible single measures, the head of the Community of Madrid has already ruled out expanding the restrictions.

Isabel Díaz Ayuso has defended the continuity of a unrestricted health policy based on self-diagnostic tests, ventilation and masks, despite having acknowledged in an interview with The world that the new omicron variant is already “in homes, in any public or private place” and is “much more contagious”.

At the opposite pole, Catalonia did not want to wait for this meeting to agree on restrictions that he trusts will guarantee justice. The Government wants apply the curfew again, limit meetings to 10 people, close nightlife and reduce capacity by 50% in restaurants and 70% in shops, culture, sporting events and gyms.

The President of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, has defended these “painful, but essential” and “unavoidable” measures, and has urged them to be extended to other autonomous communities just hours before the Conference of Presidents.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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