The advance of omicron in Spain leaves a new daily record since the beginning of the pandemic, adding 179,125 new positives from coronavirus, although it does not have the same impact on mortality, with 125 deaths, 2,024 in a month.
According to data from the Ministry of Health, the new positives exceed the maximum of last December 30 and raise the incidence to 3,127 cases per 100,000 inhabitants to fourteen days.
However, the impact of the pandemic on mortality in the last month places Spain in the scenario of last September, in the midst of the decline of the fifth wave, at the end of the summer.
In August 2021, when the fifth wave reached its peak, more than 2,800 deaths were recorded and in the last fourteen days it accumulated more than 1.4 million infections.
The omicron variant is already the dominant one in all of Spain and continues to trigger daily infections, 78,855 diagnosed in the last 24 hours.
Despite these data, the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, said today, “with all caution”, that the growth rate of the pandemic “has slowed down in the last week.”
In addition, the effects are, in general, much milder than in previous waves, which is reflected in the hospital occupancy figures, although this already reaches 13.7% and in intensive care units it reaches 23.7%
Faced with this situation, Darias proposed adopting “a new surveillance and control system for covid once the sixth wave has been overcome.”
He explained that “this assessment process” has already been opened with experts and European partners “to handle the best options and face a pandemic that is increasingly acquiring endemic characteristics”, although the World Health Organization (OMD ) asks for caution.