Spain Registers Rebound In Infections On The Eve Of Holy Week

The cumulative incidence rises from 129 to 132 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Catalonia, Madrid, Navarra and the Basque Country are the most affected autonomies.

Spain has registered this Wednesday the first significant rebound in infections that, if it continues at the same rate in the coming days, would become the fourth wave of the epidemic, just on the eve of Holy Week.

A wave spurred by the presence of the British variant, which is already dominant in the whole of Spain, with a prevalence of more than 50% of cases, as confirmed this Wednesday by the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias.

The accumulated incidence at 14 days had been increasing in recent dates almost imperceptibly. Until this Wednesday, it has jumped from 129 to 132 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Darias has recovered in health and has spoken of a “rebound” that can “turn into a change in trend.” But she has also highlighted, without mentioning them, that in several communities this change in trend has already occurred.

The territories
There is a group of four autonomies still located in the high risk area, above 150 cases, which are clearly increasing. Leading, as almost always, Madrid (from 218 to 228 cases in two days), followed by the Basque Country (from 173 to 199 in one week).

Proportionally, the greater increase was led by Navarra , which has gone from 125 in a week to 185 in ten days, while Catalonia has gone from 158 to 175 in the seven days, leading to the rise. In other 7 autonomies there are also increases, although of lesser scope.

Having already started, the fourth wave does so with a still complicated hospital situation in many autonomies. The average occupancy of the ICU for covid patients is 18.6% and Catalonia, Madrid and La Rioja exceed 30%. And if the increase in cases continues, “the following week the hospitalized will increase, the next week the ucis and finally the deaths,” the minister has warned.

“We are at a decisive moment. We must extreme all control measures and reverse this trend,” said the minister, but the restriction plan for Holy Week has remained as it was designed two weeks ago, when the infections were going to The Ministry of Health has not even proposed to the Interterritorial Health Council the advance of the curfew or the closure of the non-essential activity at 20 hours that it had suggested in the contacts maintained with some autonomies. The receptivity of the majority has led to discard this new twist of the screw.

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