Spain skims the high risk in the sixth wave of the pandemic by reaching 290 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with a rise of 42 points in the transmission since Friday and 43,808 new infections (10,952 every day), according to the report published by the Ministry of Health.
According to Health data, with the new covid traffic light approved a couple of weeks ago, Spain is close to high risk (300 to 500 cases); while transmission in the Basque Country (881) and Navarra (712), the two with the highest incidence and in extreme risk when exceeding 500, once again experienced a strong rise, specifically 115 and 178 points, respectively.
On the same day of the previous year -without vaccination and with perimeter restrictions-, the incidence at 14 days was 215 cases, 17,681 positives were reported after three days of bank holidays and 394 deaths, as well as one ICU occupancy above 24% and in plant of more than 10%.
They have been notified since this Friday 78 deaths, so that the deaths, confirmed by test, have risen to 88,237 since the beginning of the pandemic. The 7-day incidence, an indicator of short-term evolution, rises from 139 to 160 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The total number of seriously admitted patients in Spain goes from 814 to 948
With an ICU occupancy of 10.2%, the total number of seriously admitted patients in Spain goes from 814 to 948 in the last four days and the occupation in plant is in 4%, with 4119 hospitalized patients.
La Rioja (22.6%), the Basque Country (17.5%) and Catalonia (17%) are at the forefront in the highest occupancy of ICU patients, far exceeding the 5% risk indicator. These territories are followed by Aragon (15.4%), Navarra (15.1%), Castilla y León (14.8%), the Valencian Community (13.5%), the Community of Madrid (12%) and Cantabria (11.8%).
Navarra and the Basque Country, at extreme risk
Navarra (881) and Basque Country (712), at extreme risk for daysare the communities with the worst indicators and with a soaring transmission, mainly among those under 11 years of age and in the 40 to 49 range. In addition to the extreme risk indicator, having exceeded 500 cases, La Rioja also has 554.
The incidence in Navarra in the child population reaches 1,937 points and in the 40 to 49 age bracket it amounts to 1,116, while in the Basque Country it is 1,655 and 892 cases, in both bands.
In both territories, it also begins to rebound among those in their sixties (865 in Navarra and 615 in the Basque Country) and among those in their thirties, since it stands at over 750 cases.
At high risk (between 300 and 500) are Asturias, the Balearic Islands, Castilla y León, Catalonia, the Valencian Community, Galicia and Melilla. The rest of the territories are at medium risk, with between 100 and 300 cases.
During the bridge, 384,493 doses have been inoculated
Since Friday, that is, during the holidays, 384,493 doses have been inoculated, an average of 96,123 per day, the majority (319,866) destined to cover the campaign of extra doses for those over 60 years old, sanitary and vaccinated with Janssen.
Since September, when it began with vulnerable patients and people in nursing homes, 5,819,122 doses have been inoculated. 71% of the elderly 70-year-olds already have the triple dose, while 38.3% of those vaccinated with Janssen have been given the second booster serum.
One time approved child vaccination from 5 to 11 years, and waiting for the process to begin in mid-December for the 3.3 million children, 37,677,168 citizens have completed the double dose process (79.4% of the total population).
3,672,526 citizens remain to be vaccinated. The group from 20 to 39 years is the least vaccinated, with coverage that barely exceeds 80%, even lower than in the 12-19 age group (88%).
Surveillance and prevention against the new variant
Although there is still not much data on the new variant of the omicron coronavirus, experts remember that the most appropriate thing now “is to continue monitoring, and wait for more information.”
Jonay ojeda, spokesman for the Spanish Society of Public Health and Health Administration (SESPAS), explained to RTVE.es that the most effective way to control the new variant is “tracking, prevention measures and surveillance.”
He also pointed out that to prevent this mutation from becoming the dominant one, it is necessary to remember the importance of “masks indoors or avoiding crowds, which until now have been effective against all variants of the coronavirus”, and also those that have a purely collective character, such as “continuing to insist on vaccination.”
Given the increase in incidence with Christmas so close, the Ministry of Health has advised limiting social gatherings. Restaurants are already noticing the cancellations of Christmas dinners and meals and some hoteliers encrypt the cancellations at 40%.