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UPDATE: These maps show the latest coronavirus hotspots in Spain

Spain is now reporting between 7,000 and 8,000 new cases of Covid-19 per day. But the infection rates differ vastly depending on the region in which you live and sometimes even the district.

UPDATE: These maps show the latest coronavirus hotspots in Spain
Map showing the latest hotspots in Catalonia.
Spain last week became the first European Union country to surpass half a million Covid-19 infections, and it currently has a total of 566,326 confirmed cases according to the ministry — with 12,183 new cases recorded on Friday from the day before.

During the past two weeks Spain has reported between 7,000 and 8,000 new cases of the virus per day. On Thursday the country reported more than 10,000 new infections.

But while the number of confirmed cases is sharply higher, the mortality rate is far below that recorded at the height of health crisis in late March and April, when nearly 900 deaths a day were reported.

In the last seven days the country recorded 241 virus deaths.

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So where are the hotspots? 

This interactive map shows those province with active outbreaks and those with municipalities that have been confined in a bid to slow the spread of the virus. 

So far four neighbourhoods in Palma de Mallorca, a town in Valencia and the cities of Salamanca and Valladolid have perimeter restrictions in place. Yet Madrid which is yet again the epicentre of the coronavirus and has recorded more than a third of all recent cases in Spain, no confinement measures are in place. 

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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 200 new cases per 100,000. 

In fact the 14-day accumulated incidence of coronavirus cases registered in Spain now stands at 270.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants up from 132.2 a month ago.

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 September 11th. 

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This is how Spain compares to the rest of Europe: 
 
The biggest outbreaks have been recorded in those areas where there is a greater population destiny, including the traditionally working class districts around Madrid. 
 
This chart shows the 30 municpalities (with a population of over 50,000) that have the highest infection rate based on new cases recorded in the last two weeks. 
 

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Each week, updated figures are published on Spain's Ministry of Health Covid-19 website showing the development of Covid-19 infections by region.
 
This is the latest data provided for region by clicking through on the map.
 
 
But each regional government provides data on outbreaks and number of cases within their territory.
 
Madrid authorities produce a map which allows you to see the latest data from each barrio or neighbourhood. 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
This map will show you where localized outbreaks are in Andalusia: 
 
 
The Canary Islands have a similar tool to breakdown data from the archipelago. (Click on the map below to find out more)
 
 
The region of Valencia has already imposed a confinement on the one municpality after an outbreak earlier this month.  Residents in the town of Benigánim have had their movements limited after a surge in coronavirus infections.
 
Likewise on the Balearic Islands, authorities order confinement of four neighbourhoods in the capital Palma after a spate of cases. 
 

 

 
 
 
 
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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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