Health has freed the balance of affected by coronavirus this Thursday, which reports 345 deaths reported since Wednesday, last official report. Regarding infections, the number of case in 24 hours is 3.350. The global number is increasing by 9,568 for a total number of infections since the start of the pandemic of 3,180,212.
Regarding vaccines, Health reported that as of today, 1,231,782 people have already received the full immunization schedule. In addition, they were administered 3,436,158 doses between Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines. The total of doses dispensed is 4,508,845. Of these, 76.2% were administered. Ceuta is the region of Spain that administered the most doses, in percentage, with 95.8%. The Basque Country, with 61.7% of doses administered, is at the bottom of the percentage ranking.
Deaths and ICU admissions
In the past 7 days, according to the report, there have been 875 deceased by COVID-19. Most of the deaths from this period (200) correspond to Andalusia. Regarding ICU admissions with admission date within the last 7 days, 237 patients They are in the intensive care unit, 23 fewer than Wednesday (260).
Basque Country, Madrid, Ceuta and Melilla, the only regions with an IA greater than 250
Regarding the cumulative incidence at 14 days, the whole of Spain has an average of 206.05 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, 12.62 fewer cases than Wednesday (218.67). The regions with the highest cumulative incidence are Melilla (431.28), Madrid (321.56), Ceuta (297.25) and the Basque Country (263.66). These four are the only ones with a 14-day AI of more than 250 cases. The overall positivity rate is 7.33%.
Madrid, the one with the most cases
In the contagion data of the last day, Madrid is the CCAA that communicates the most confirmed cases (1238), followed by Pays Basque (350) and Castile and Leon (247). In the overall calculation, 582,299 positives have already been registered in the Community of Madrid. Melilla and Ceuta are the areas where there are fewer recorded cases, respectively 6,920 and 4,548.
Madrid and Catalonia, the busiest autonomous communities in intensive care
The overall occupancy of the ICUs represented by Health by COVID-19 patients is 29.62%. Regarding the situation of assistance capacity and COVID-19 activity in each autonomous community, the Community of Madrid it accommodates 2,699 patients with COVID-19, occupying 15.61% of the beds. Of these, 602 are in intensive care (44.01% of beds occupied). Follow it Catalonia, which has 2,543 admitted patients, which represents an occupancy rate of 10.05%. In this region, 570 people are in intensive care, which represents 38.51% of places. As a percentage, only the Community of Madrid exceeds 40% occupancy of ICUs.
Fernando Simón: “There is a month left before Easter and we could be in a very favorable situation”
The director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES), Fernando Simón, said on Thursday in an appearance that the Public Health Commission is still working on a “specific action plan with a view to Holy Week to avoid the risks associated with mobility “:” Next week or next, we will have the document. “
According to Simón, “the data now allow us to estimate with some certainty that national incidence will continue to decline“But that” longer term prediction is complicated “:” Experience from previous waves indicates that the transmission speed will start to decrease. But the approach for Easter must be very careful, we cannot propose measures at a general level because the situations in the autonomous communities are very different ”.
In this sense, the director of CCAES underlined that “the plans are made with the incidence forecasts“:” As the holidays approach, people need to be reasonable to understand that if the situation changes, measures need to be changed or improved. There is a month left before Easter and we could be in a very favorable situation, ”he added.
Simón recalled that we already have “three waves and one year of epidemic “: “It would be a shame if, with intensive care occupations at the peak of what we observed in the second wave, even if it is declining, we started to have cases again. The health system still lacks the capacity to respond to a further increase in cases. It is good to think about Easter, the holidays, but you have to be very aware that you have to control the transmission as much as possible.
Respect to vaccination plan and chronically ill, Silvia Calzón, Secretary of State for Health, underlined that “this group will carry out the vaccination once the stage of over 65 years is over”: “Most of these chronic diseases have a high prevalence in those over 65 years. old, so part of the population will have already been vaccinated with their age cohort, ”Calzón added.
The following 8M demonstration
Asked about the possibility of calling a demonstration on March 8, International Women’s Day, with a march of 500 people, Fernando Simón stressed that “it depends a lot on how these 500 people who demonstrate together relate to each other”: “If they are careful, wear a mask and maintain a distance of safety, they will greatly reduce the risk. Not zero, but they will considerably reduce the risks ”.
On whether this applies to Easter Stages, Simón underlined that “it is not the same to be under an Easter pass carried with enough people underneath, as a demonstration of 500 people who can spread out and keep their distance”.
“Having said that,” he added, “if you can avoid the clusters the better; and, of course, that no one is going with symptoms.