Spain’s Covid infection rate drops to ‘medium’ risk level for first time since March

Spain's Covid infection rate drops to 'medium' risk level for first time since March
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Spain’s fortnightly infection rate has dropped below 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for the first time since the country’s fourth wave of the coronavirus began before Easter, Spain’s health ministry has revealed. 

Spain recorded a national average of 147.5 infections per 100,000 people on Tuesday, moving down from the “high” to the “medium” classification for infection risk set by Spanish and EU health authorities. 

The incidence of the virus has been falling for 21 consecutive days after reaching more than 250 cases per 100,000 people in half of Spain in mid April, the “extreme” risk category.

The graph below reflects Spain’s national fortnightly infection rate since the pandemic began.

The weekly infection rate (figures from the past seven days rather than two weeks) show an even lower rate of 60 cases per 100,000 people, with a drop of 6.7 percent from Monday to Tuesday alone.

By regions, the incidence of the virus has either dropped or remained the same in all regions except for Madrid (+4.4 percent increase), where the infection rate currently stands at 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, second only to the Basque Country’s 279 infections per 100,000 inhabitants.

Autonomous communities such as the Valencia region, the Balearics, the Canary Islands, Extremadura, Murcia, Galicia and Asturias all now have infection rates in the “low” risk category, below 100 cases out of 100,000 people over the past 2 weeks.

The Comunitat Valenciana continues to have the lowest incidence of the virus in all of Spain with just 29.6 infections per 100,000.

Spanish epidemiologists had predicted that Spain’s fourth wave of the virus would be less severe than previous ones, and the benefits of a more advanced vaccination campaign are being seen in the drop in deaths and hospitalisations. 

However, the virus is still far from going away. On Tuesday alone, there were almost 4,000 new infections reported at 70 deaths.  

A total of 6,568 people are currently in hospital with coronavirus, 1,774 of whom are in intensive care.

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