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MAPS: Where are Spain’s infection rates rising the fastest?

Spain's infection rate is the highest it's ever been and in some parts of the country has soared to over 1,800 cases per 100,000 people. Here's a closer look at infection rates across the country.

MAPS: Where are Spain’s infection rates rising the fastest?
Map produced by Ministry of Health

Spain has yet again reported a new record high in coronavirus infections with 93,822 new cases registered over the weekend.

The average 14-day incidence rate across the country has jumped to 885 cases per 100,000 people, more than tripling from a month ago.

The infection rate in Spain has overtaken that of the United Kingdom which currently has imposed a lockdown on its citizens and is now the fourth highest in Europe behind Portugal (1,484) Czech Republic (1,010.4) and Ireland (926.9)

And while infection rates surpass the 500 cases per 100,000 people – the danger threshold that the EU wants to declare as dark red zones and impose travel restrictions – there are some regions of the country which have infection rates almost three times that.

Here is a map that shows which provinces in Spain have surpassed the 500 cases per 100,000 and would be classified as dark red zone by the EU.

Only the Canary Islands have registered a rate below 250 cases per 100,000 and several northern territories– Guipúzcoa in the Basque Country (475)  Navarra  (471) Asturias, (461) and Cantabria (395) fall between 250 and 500 cases per 100,000.

The province with the highest infection rate is currently Segovia in Castilla y León where it has reached 1,832 cases per 100,000 people. You can check the 7 day and 14 day cumulative incident rate in each province on the Health Ministry's interactive map below. 

When it comes to pressure on the hospitals most of Spain now falls into the highest risk category. This interactive map produced by Maldita.es shows in dark red those regions where at least 25 percent of Intensive Care beds are now occupied by covid patients.

In some regions covid-19 occupancy in the ICU has soared above 50 percent and in Valencia and La Rioja it has already surpassed  60 percent as this chart below illustrates:

 

This next interactive map, also from fact-checking site Maldita.es, allows you to discover the epidemiological situation in every municipality across Spain.

 

 

Madrid authorities produce a map which allows you to see the latest data from each barrio or neighbourhood or “basica health zone” which is how it determines which areas faced extra restrictions in September. 

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 has reported one of the highest surge in infections in recent weeks. To take a look at the recent cases in each municipality use the interactive map produced by Valencia regional governement. (Clicking on the map below 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)

Check out the latest data in Andalucia by clicking on the map below: 

You can now use your phone to get up to the minute geographical information thanks to a new Google Map feature.

Google maps now offers data on Covid-19 outbreak on its navigation system on Android and iOS phones. To use it click on the Covid-19 info button in the “layers” drop-down menu in upper right corner of the screen.

If you want to check the latest up-to-date restrictions that apply in each region of Spain, click through to this interactive map produced by Spain's Health Ministry.

 

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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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