The coronavirus epidemic in Spain is out of control. The omicron variant continues to spread throughout the country in a massive way, although without causing such severe damage to the health system as seen in previous waves.
According to the latest data released by the Spanish health authorities on Monday night, the incidence of Covid-19 has exceeded 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants nationwide for the first time since the pandemic began.
The 14-day incidence stood at 1,206.21 cases per 100,000 inhabitants on Monday, after a sharp increase of almost 300 points compared to Thursday 23 December. The seven-day incidence, which is a key factor in detecting potential trend changes, was 750.51 cases per 100,000, according to the Ministry of Health.
The main conversation these Christmas days among Spanish residents, whether in families or among friends on the terraces or on social networks, revolves around positive cases, infections, antigen tests and quarantines. In this context, the figures released by the government only set the question in black and white.
Spain continues to be one of the countries with a very high risk level, given its high incidence.
Hardest hit groups
The age group hardest hit by infections in this sixth wave is that of people between the ages of 20 and 29, with an incidence of 2,006.68 cases per 100,000. The most affected areas now are the northern regions of Navarre, with an incidence of 2,339.85, La Rioja (2,145.58) and the Basque Country (1,921.37).
On the contrary, the lowest incidence levels are now in the North African autonomous city of Melilla (808.49), in the southern region of Andalusia (831.46) and in the Mediterranean regions: Catalonia (940.44), Balearic Islands (943.2) and Valencian Community (952.53).
Since the pandemic began, the Ministry of Health has reported 5,932,626 million cases and 89,139 deaths.