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Covid-19 infections in Spain multiply by 7 so far in November

At the beginning of the month, fewer than 600 cases were diagnosed a day. But yesterday, Friday 19 November, 4,114 infections were reported
11 July 2021, Spain, Calafell: A nurse administers the first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to a woman at the Calafell Vaccination Center. Photo: Ramon Costa/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire/dpa
A nurse administers a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to a woman at the Calafell Vaccination Center. Photo: Ramon Costa/dpa/File photo.

Covid-19 infections in Spain and the incidence of the disease continue to rise. Although the situation is not yet as worrying as in the countries of central and northern Europe, the epidemic is already beginning to launch some warning signs.

So far this month of November, the number of daily infections in Spain has multiplied by 7 and the 14-day incidence of the disease has increased 59 points, reaching 111.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the whole country. 

At the beginning of the month, fewer than 600 cases were diagnosed a day. But yesterday, Friday 19 November, 4,114 infections were reported. Such high numbers have not been recorded since the end of the fifth wave of the pandemic.

The Spanish health authorities are trying to lower the level of concern and, for now, are ruling out drastic measures such as confinements or lockdowns, but they fear that this is only the beginning of the sixth wave.

The cumulative incidence has risen 30 points just in the last seven days and there is no longer any Spanish region at low risk. Hence, several of them already require the Covid certificates to be able to enter discos and nightclubs and some large-capacity restaurants.

The lowest incidence figure was recorded yesterday in the North African autonomous city of Ceuta (42.75). Extremadura and Asturias are the continental regions that show the lowest incidence (around 58 infections per 100,000 inhabitants).

Regions at high risk

On the contrary, there are several regions at high risk and the highest risk of infection is now in Navarra, Aragon, the Balearic Islands, the Basque Country and Catalonia. This higher incidence is also increasing the pressure on hospitals.

The authorities are also very concerned about the increase in infections among children under 11, the only age group that remains unvaccinated. Its incidence has risen almost 70 points in a week, up to 166.18 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Mortality data also show an upward trend. At the beginning of the month, on November 2, the health authorities reported 41 deaths within seven days, but yesterday, Friday, November 19, there were a hundred.

Since the start of the pandemic, 87,810 people have died from coronavirus in Spain, according to statistics from the Ministry of Health.

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