The sixth wave has exceeded all the indicators of the pandemic during the Christmas weekend, with an unprecedented growth in the incidence throughout the pandemic that, in addition, has been accompanied by a sharp rise in hospitalizations and admissions in the ICU. The data made public by the Ministry of Health, which collects the information registered from last Friday until seven in the afternoon this Monday, marks an increase in the incidence of almost 300 points and jumps from 911 cases per 100,000 inhabitants to 14 days to 1,206. In absolute figures, there are 215,000 more infections, a growth not seen to date. Spain had never exceeded the barrier of 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants since March 2020.
Navarra is the community with the most new infections and reaches 2,440 accumulated incidence cases, which means that one in every 43 inhabitants of this community has been diagnosed during the last 14 days. It is followed by La Rioja (2,145), the Basque Country (1,921) and the Community of Madrid (1,769).
Hospitalizations have increased in the country by 1,606 patients in the last three days and amount to 9,530. This figure still represents a relatively small percentage of the total number of beds installed, 7.7%, although the upward trend is very pronounced and with more than 500 hospitalizations it subtracts arguments from the voices that defend that the high contagiousness of the omicron variant is It is compensated by a lower virulence of the new virus mutation. Admissions to ICUs have grown since Thursday by 200 people, to 1,715 occupied critical beds. The number of deaths has grown in these three days by 120.
The positivity (the total of diagnostic tests carried out that detect the virus in the patient) has also taken a leap, reaching 17.94%, which is 3.3 points more than the latest data published by Health on Thursday.
The strong increase in cases has occurred during the Christmas weekend, in which after Christmas Eve on Friday and the holiday on Saturday, some of the most populated communities such as Catalonia have also celebrated San Esteban. If what was seen in other moments of the pandemic is fulfilled, these data hide a strong underreporting of positives, since during the most important dates there are far fewer diagnostic tests carried out. It is foreseeable that part of the infections not detected during these days will be as the week that has just begun progresses.
The exponential growth of infections has once again put the toughest restrictions on the hotel business and nightlife in half of Spain on the table. Aragon and Navarra have announced this Monday that they will advance the closure of bars, restaurants and nightclubs beyond New Year’s Eve. Galicia, the Basque Country and La Rioja are studying measures along the same lines, while other autonomies still resist imposing limitations. Andalusia appeals to this for economic reasons and Madrid has only chosen to stop five New Year’s Eve macro parties.
This situation has led to the city councils that decide to take the step before the proximity of New Year’s Eve and Three Kings, prone to crowds and social interactions. In Andalusia, there will be no chimes in either Malaga or Granada, where the controversial Toma festival on January 2 will also be restricted. In Badajoz they will not eat the grapes in one of its main squares, and in Cáceres there will be no Carrera de San Silvestre. In Valencia, the New Year’s Eve chimes have been suspended for the second consecutive year in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, as in Palma de Mallorca. On the other side are towns such as Santiago de Compostela, which has scheduled a party with an orchestra for 2,500 people in the Obradoiro square. Valladolid, with an incidence of 2,500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, maintains its festivities, along the lines of Seville and Bilbao. And Madrid plans to host 2022 in a big way at Puerta del Sol with a limit of 7,000 attendees.