Spain has reported a record rise in coronavirus cases over the weekend, with the rate of infections soaring from an average across Spain of 575 cases per 100,000 to 689 in just three days.
The latest health ministry data released on Monday reported 84,300 new cases since Friday, bringing the cumulative total to 2,336,451.
Datos sobre #COVID19 en España, desde el primer caso inicial, actualizados a hoy lunes, 18 de enero:
▶️Confirmados por PCR: 2.336.451
— Salud Pública (@SaludPublicaEs) January 18, 2021
The death toll rose by 455 over the same period to the official figure of 53,769, although Spain’s National Statistics Agency puts the figure closer to 80,000.
The latest daily infections reached a new record with Fernando Simón, Spain’s chief epidemiologist saying at the government press conference on Monday: “We could be reaching the peak of the third wave.”
The overall cumulative incidence rate for the past 14 days in Spain has now reached 689.27 per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest figure it has been throughout the pandemic.
On Friday the figure was 575 and a week ago (Monday January 11th) it was 435.
The charts above show the cumulative incidence rate across each of Spain's regions. Source: Spain's Ministry of Health Jan 18 2021
But alarmingly, it has reached over 700 in seven regions across Spain:Madrid (789), Valencia (896), Castilla y León (910), La Rioja (920), Castilla La Mancha (1,006), Murcia (1,081), Extremadura (1,383).
This interactive map produced by porcential.es shows the number of cases, infection rates and deaths in each of Spain's regions.
What about the hospitals?
Fernando Simón said that the situation was serious in hospitals with “Some ICUs operating at their very limits right now,” he said adding that several hospitals across Spain have suspended non-urgent procedures to focus on Covid-19 cases.
The latest data shows that there are currently 23,184 people being treated in Spanish hospitals for Covid-19, of which 3,287 patients are in intensive care.
This now represents a 32.71 percent, or one in three, occupation of intensive care beds by Covid-19 patients all across Spain.
However, the percentage of covid cases in ICU rises to more than 50 percent in Valencia (52.8percent) and is critical in La Rioja (46.7), Catalonia (46.1) Balearic Islands (42.7) Madrid (42.1) and Castilla-La Mancha (37.9).
The interactive map shows the percentages of ICU occupancy with the darker the blue, the higher the percentage.
Las UCI en España, en riesgo extremo: ocho comunidades y Melilla por encima del 25 % de ocupación con pacientes COVID
— RTVE Noticias (@rtvenoticias) January 15, 2021
How many people are dying from Covid-19?
The official figure from the Health Ministry for the total number of Coronavirus related deaths on Monday January 18th is now 53,769 – an increase of 455 since Friday. An increase on the figure of the past weekend when 401 deaths were reported..
Across Spain a total of 843 Covid-19 related deaths have been recorded in the past 7 days. Here is a breakdown of the data across Spain:
Spain has not yet reached the same peak of deaths as it did in the second wave when 537 deaths were registered in a 24 hour period on November 24th.
The peak of recorded deaths for a 24-hour period during the ‘first wave’ was on April 2nd when 950 death were registered.
These charts show the evolution of coronavirus in Spain since July, recording infections, hospitalizations, ICU occupancy and deaths.
How does Spain compare?
Spain's infection rate is currently above that of both the USA and the United Kingdom
This chart shows the evolution of the coronavirus in Spain compared to other countries:
While this map shows the cumulative incident rate of EU countries in the first week of January.