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Spain: coronavirus infections decrease, but hospitalizations increase

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The decrease in the number of infections by coronavirus covid-19 started on New Year’s Eve in various regions of Spain its downward trend continues, although hospitalizations do not follow the same line with an upturn in admissions in recent days.

Catalonia, Madrid and Galicia are some of the Spanish autonomous communities that reflect this reality: a drop in infections in the face of the rise in hospital pressure, with more admissions and more patients in ICU due to covid-19, according to data provided yesterday by regional health authorities.

Although the figures are provisional, Catalonia registered a total of 8,117 new positive cases in the last 24 hours compared to 22,200 this Saturday, a specific decrease that coincided with the New Year and that did not prevent, on the contrary, an increase of ten new ICU admissions (443 in total).

In general, the sixth wave of the pandemic has raised the positives in that autonomous community to a record number of 123,927 cases in the last 7 days, which has caused sick leave to triple since the beginning of December, although experts place the peak of infections during the next week.

On average, Catalonia detects 17,700 daily infections through all kinds of tests, including pharmacy self-tests that are communicated to the health system, a prevention measure that many citizens have resorted to during the Christmas holidays and that has also contributed to raise diagnoses.

In Madrid, 3,863 new infections were registered this Sunday compared to the 18,303 registered on Friday, and 12 deaths compared to 14 two days ago, while hospital pressure continues to rise with 1,808 admitted to the ward and 254 in the ICU.

The sharp drop in infections, after the New Year’s holiday, could be due to the weekend effect given that fewer diagnostic tests are carried out in that period, after which a rebound is expected.

This rebound is expected to be general throughout Spain, since the Ministry of Health does not offer official data since last Thursday, before the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

That day, Spain registered a new record of coronavirus infections with 161,688 positives in 24 hours, and an incidence of 1,775 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days.

In total, until that date, Spain had 6,294,745 cases of covid-19 and 89,405 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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