While European countries are moving in the direction of lifting restrictions, Spain could take the opposite path. It must be said that the health situation has clearly deteriorated in the country in recent days, with an explosion in the number of Covid-19 contaminations among young people.
“The figures of the day are not good at all”, commented Monday evening Fernando Simon, the chief epidemiologist of the Ministry of Health, explaining that “this data was very variable between the different age groups”. “Among the youngest, we have an incidence rate close to 600,” he said.
The sustained pace of vaccination
The incidence rate has gone 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. For Doctor Simon, the situation is “complicated”. However, the epidemiologist was pleased that this is not felt in “the parameters of severity”, that is to say the number of people hospitalized or deaths. The vaccination campaign is accelerating: 40.3% of the population of some 47 million Spaniards is 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. 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.