UPDATE: What are the latest Covid-19 infection rates in Spain?

UPDATE: What are the latest Covid-19 infection rates in Spain?
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Covid-19 infections remain high in Spain with 10,829 new cases registered in the last 24 hours, however the cumulative incidence rate is in steady decline.

The good news is that the average number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants has dropped to 349.81 and seems to be dropping further. The number has fallen from 584 cases per 100,000 last Wednesday (February 10th), which is a 40 percent drop in infections.

While the number of infections continues to decrease, Spain is still above what is considered 'extreme risk' as established by the Ministry of Health.

The incidence rate has been falling across the whole of Spain, but the biggest decreases have been seen in La Rioja, the Valencian Community and Castilla y León, Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha, which have all seen incidence rates fall by over 50 percent. The Balearic Islands has also seen their incidence rates decrease by 45 percent.

The Balearic Islands, Cantabria, the Valencian Community, Murcia and Navarra, together with the Canary Islands, now have the lowest incidence rates in the country. The Canary Islands has the lowest incidence rate in the country with 126 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

One the other side, the autonomous community of Madrid currently has the highest incidence rate in the country with 489.87 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

The accumulative incidence rates have been dropping at different rates throughout the country. Madrid, along with Catalonia and Aragon and Cantabria for example only saw a 30 percent drop in their incidence rates since last Wednesday, while the Basque Country saw a drop of 25 percent and the Canary Islands saw a decrease of only 15 percent.

Restrictive measures and closures may account for the differences in rates, however Catalan health secretary Josep Argimon has also blamed the more contagious strain of Covid, from UK.

The variant first discovered in the UK is now one of the most predominant strains in Catalonia, accounting for one in three new infections. This mutant strain has also been seen in many infections across Madrid and Cantabria.

Despite this downward trend, the situation in the hospitals remains serious, particularly in the ICUs which now have 36 percent of their beds taken up by Covid-19 patients.

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