Spain’s Covid-19 infection rate drops to its lowest in ten months

Spain's Covid-19 infection rate drops to its lowest in ten months
People with masks in Retiro Park, Madrid. Photo: Gabriel BOUYS / AFP
The 14-day incidence curve for Covid-19 infections in Spain fell below 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for the first time since last August.

The incidence rate across the whole of Spain over the last two weeks has dropped by just over two points, to 98.78 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. This is the lowest level of contagion since August 12th, 2020, although the daily decline has slowed.

This signifies that infections have been continuously declining over the past few months.  

The rate of registered cases has fallen by more than one point in the Canary Islands, Asturias and Extremadura; and less than half a point in the Balearic Islands, the Valencian Community and Murcia. The steepest decreases occurred in Melilla (-10 points), in the Basque Country (-8) and in La Rioja (-6).

Andalusia and La Rioja are the only two regions that continue to have a Covid-19 incidence rate of above 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, which indicates a high-risk level. Navarra and the Basque Country also both have 14-day incidence rates above 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. 

On the other side, Murcia, Galicia, the Balearic Islands, the Valencian Community and Ceuta are all at a low-risk level and have the lowest incident rates. 

The situation in hospitals is also gradually improving. The number of patients in intensive care units for COVID-19 continues to decline and is already below 10 percent nationwide.

Madrid is the region which has the highest number of ICU beds taken up by Covid-19 patients.

On Wednesday, June 16th, the Health Ministry reported that the ICU occupancy rate in Cantabria had also fallen to the same level as seen in the Valencian Community, Extremadura, Galicia and Murcia, which all have an ICU occupancy of less than five percent and are out of the risk classification.

More than 21 million people in Spain have now received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, which equates to 45 percent of the population, while 13 million have been fully vaccinated. 

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