Spain returns to the maximum risk level due to covid

Infections soar again and reach figures from last July, although with fewer deaths

Spain go into very high risk of coronavirus infections, the highest indicator of the covid traffic light, after increasing the incidence by 38 points and reaching the 511 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with a daily record of positive notified (33,359) in full advance of the omicron variant in some territories.

The last time that Spain entered the maximum risk for infections was at the beginning of July, in the middle of the rise of the fifth wave with the old covid traffic light, which established this limit when crossing 250 cases.

According to Health data, in this context of increased transmission throughout Spain, 12 territories are at very high risk: Navarra (1,359), Basque Country (1,038), Aragon (843), Castilla y León (703 ), Asturias (657), Melilla (619), Ceuta (699), La Rioja (698), Balearic Islands (592), Valencian Community (563), Galicia (511) and Murcia (538).

Differences between communities

Of the cases reported until this Friday by the communities, 18,773 have been diagnosed in the last day, while 41 deaths have been certified (compared to 48 yesterday), with a total of 327 in the last week. As in previous days, the rise in infections is not yet reflected in the national average for intensive units, which went from 13.9% to 14% on the last day, but with marked differences by communities.

The increase in transmission is noted in the indicator of new cases in the last week, since 165,337 positives have been reported since last Friday, while the 7-day incidence, an indicator of the evolution of infections in the short term, is maintains rise and rises 28 points, to 319 cases.

European organizations, as well as health authorities and experts have warned about the “rapid and exponential” expansion of the omicron variant in the coming weeks.

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Less impact on residences

The number of deaths from Covid-19 in Spanish nursing homes has increased to 26 in the last week, 9 cases more than the previous week, according to the latest data update from the Institute for the Elderly and Social Services (IMSERSO), published this Friday. Thus, in the week of December 6 to 12, a total of 26 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in residential centers, compared to 17 registered the previous week. It is the highest death toll since the last week of September. Meanwhile, the number of infections in these residential centers has been reduced to 370 cases, 25 less than the previous week. Although, it is the third consecutive week in which cases exceed 300.

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