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MAPS: Where are the coronavirus hotspots in Spain right now?

Spain is experiencing the fastest growth rate of new coronavirus infections on the continent with new outbreaks being recorded across the country every day. Where are the danger zones?

MAPS: Where are the coronavirus hotspots in Spain right now?
Map showing hotspots in Catalonia

Fears that a second wave is upon us comes as authorities consider imposing new lockdown measures and how best to curb the infection rate at a critical moment just days before the mass movement of people occurs at the end of August with the end of the holiday period.

Authorities have still not outlined how schools can safely reopen at the start of the academic year in early September and where new measures will have to be imposed to limit class sizes, ensure social distancing in the class room, and keep both teachers and pupils safe.

But each of Spain's regions is facing different challenges as some struggle to contain new infections while other provinces remain largely virus free. 

The map below shows the 14-day COVID-19 case notification rate per 100 000 in each region, according to the latest data published on August 20th. 

 

Spain is  top of the list of EU/EEA countries for the number of new cases per population size according European Centre for Disease Protection and Control (ECDC) with Spain currently the only country listed with more than 100 new cases per 100,000. 

In fact the 14-day accumulated incidence of coronavirus cases registered in Spain now stands at 152.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants up from 132.2 a week ago.

This is how Spain compares to the rest of Europe: 
 
 
 
By tracking the number of new infections authorities are able to identify “outbreaks” or “brotes” as they are known in Spain. This interactive map by OndaCero allows you to find out how many “active outbreaks” are present in a region at the current moment in time. 
 
By Friday 21st August, authorities had recorded 1,140 separate active outbreaks across Spain. Click on the map below to discover the number in each region. 
 
Map above showing incidences of outbreaks: OndaCero
 
Madrid is currently registering one third of all new cases detected in Spain, partly due to a new widespread testing policy intrdouced in some of the worst hit neighbourhoods of the capital. 
You can discover exactly where the outbreaks are by exploring the interactive map produced  by the Madrid regional authorities, just click on the image below where the darker shades represent the higher number of infections.
 
 
For incidences in Catalonia, check out the interactive map produced by the regional government that allows you to search for outbreaks and number of infections in each Catalan municipality.
 
 
 
Valencia is one of the regions of Spain with the least incidences of new outbreaks. But still the number of new infections there is rising. Take a look at the recent cases in each municipality in the interactive map produced by Valencia regional governement. (Clicking on the map will take you to the interactive version on the Generalitat Valenciana page.
 
 
The Canary Islands have a similar tool to breakdown data from the archipelago. (Click on the map below to find out more)
 
Authorities on the Balearic Islands don't produce a map that is easy to consult but all the latest data from the islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera can be found on the regional government website HERE.
 
Meanwhile in Andalucia, the number of new infections are also on the rise, but have yet to reach the worrying levels seen in the worst hit regions. 
 
 
Check out the latest data by clicking on the map below: 
 
Each week, updated figures are published on the Ministry of Health showing the development of Covid-19 infections by region.
 
This is the latest data provided for region by clicking through on the map.
 
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Spain rules out EU’s advice on compulsory Covid-19 vaccination 

Spain’s Health Ministry said Thursday there will be no mandatory vaccination in the country following the European Commission’s advice to Member States to “think about it” and Germany’s announcement that it will make vaccines compulsory in February.

Spain rules out EU's advice on compulsory Covid-19 vaccination 
A Spanish man being vaccinated poses with a custom-made T-shirt showing Spain's chief epidimiologist Fernando Simón striking a 'Dirty Harry/Clint Eastwood' pose over the words "What part of keep a two-metre distance don't you understand?' Photo: José Jordan

Spain’s Health Minister Carolina Darias on Thursday told journalists Covid-19 vaccines will continue to be voluntary in Spain given the “very high awareness of the population” with regard to the benefits of vaccination.

This follows the words of European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday, urging Member States to “think about mandatory vaccination” as more cases of the Omicron variant are detected across Europe. 

READ ALSO: Is Spain proving facts rather than force can convince the unvaccinated?

“I can understand that countries with low vaccine coverage are contemplating this and that Von der Leyen is considering opening up a debate, but in our country the situation is absolutely different,” Darias said at the press conference following her meeting with Spain’s Interterritorial Health Council.

According to the national health minister,  this was also “the general belief” of regional health leaders of each of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities she had just been in discussion with over Christmas Covid measures. 

READ MORE: Spain rules out new restrictions against Omicron variant

Almost 80 percent of Spain’s total population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, a figure which is around 10 percent higher if looking at those who are eligible for the vaccine (over 12s). 

It has the highest vaccination rate among Europe’s most populous countries.

Germany announced tough new restrictions on Thursday in a bid to contain its fourth wave of Covid-19 aimed largely at the country’s unvaccinated people, with outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking in favour of compulsory vaccinations, which the German parliament is due to vote on soon.

Austria has also already said it will make Covid-19 vaccines compulsory next February, Belgium is also considering it and Greece on Tuesday said it will make vaccination obligatory for those over 60.

But for Spain, strict Covid-19 vaccination rules have never been on the table, having said from the start that getting the Covid-19 jabs was voluntary. 

There’s also a huge legal implication to imposing such a rule which Spanish courts are unlikely to look on favourably. 

Stricter Covid restrictions and the country’s two states of alarm, the first resulting in a full national lockdown from March to May 2020, have both been deemed unconstitutional by Spain’s Constitutional Court. 

READ ALSO: Could Spain lock down its unvaccinated or make Covid vaccines compulsory?

The Covid-19 health pass to access indoor public spaces was also until recently consistently rejected by regional high courts for breaching fundamental rights, although judges have changed their stance favouring this Covid certificate over old Covid-19 restrictions that affect the whole population.

MAP: Which regions in Spain now require a Covid health pass for daily affairs?

“In Spain what we have to do is to continue vaccinating as we have done until now” Darias added. 

“Spaniards understand that vaccines are not only a right, they are an obligation because we protect others with them”.

What Spanish health authorities are still considering is whether to vaccinate their 5 to 11 year olds after the go-ahead from the European Medicines Agency, with regions such as Madrid claiming they will start vaccinating their young children in December despite there being no official confirmation from Spain’s Vaccine Committee yet.

READ MORE: Will Spain soon vaccinate its children under 12?

Spain’s infection rate continues to rise day by day, jumping 17 points up to 234 cases per 100,000 people on Thursday. There are now also five confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in the country, one through community transmission.

Hospital bed occupancy with Covid patients has also risen slightly nationwide to 3.3 percent, as has ICU Covid occupancy which now stands at 8.4 percent, but the Spanish government insists these figures are “almost three times lower” than during previous waves of the coronavirus pandemic.

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