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SPAIN – The health situation in Spain has deteriorated markedly in recent days, with an explosion in the number of Covid-19 contaminations among young people, a rebound which forces the authorities to consider a tightening of measures as the vaccination s’ accelerated.
“The figures of the day are not good at all”, commented this Monday, July 5 in the evening Fernando Simon, the chief epidemiologist of the Ministry of Health, explaining that “this data was very variable between the different age groups. ”And that“ among the youngest, we have an incidence rate close to 600 ”.
The incidence rate went back above 200 (204 per 100,000 inhabitants over the last two weeks) against an average of 152.8 on Friday, at the time of the last publication of health data. The Spanish Ministry of Health identified 32,607 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday in the last 72 hours and 23 deaths.
Towards a new turn of the screw in restrictions
Dr Simon described the situation as “complicated” but was pleased that it was not felt in “within the parameters of severity”, ie the number of people hospitalized or the deaths.
At the same time, the vaccination campaign is accelerating: 40.3% of the population of some 47 million Spaniards are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, while half (55.9%) have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
In view of the deteriorating health situation, several regions of Spain such as Andalusia and Catalonia are planning to tighten the screws and restore restrictions this week while since June 26, masks are no longer mandatory outdoors.
Last week, a giant outbreak in the Balearics uncovered at least 1,824 infected people after several hundred young people returned to the peninsula to party in Mallorca. Nearly 6,000 people had been quarantined across Spain. With nearly 81,000 dead and more than 3.8 million cases, Spain is one of the countries most affected in Europe by the pandemic.
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