CORONAVIRUS

Madrid only Spanish region to record more than 10 coronavirus infections in 24 hours

According to the latest figures, just 48 Covid-19 cases were registered across Spain, while the number of hospital and intensive care admissions also fell to new lows

A scientist handles a PCR coronavirus tests at the microbiology laboratory of the Gregorio Maranon General Hospital in Madrid.
A scientist handles a PCR coronavirus tests at the microbiology laboratory of the Gregorio Maranon General Hospital in Madrid.PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP

The Spanish Health Ministry reported on Sunday that 48 new coronavirus infections had been detected in the previous 24 hours. This is the same figure recorded last Monday, which was the lowest seen since March 5.

Since the crisis began, the numbers have tended to be misleading on Sundays and Mondays, with underreporting over the weekend due to lower staffing levels in hospitals. But according to the latest figures, the weekly number of cases is also on a clear downward trend, with an average of 3.6 infections per 100,000 inhabitants.

More than three million PCR tests and 1.7 million rapid coronavirus tests have been carried out since the beginning of the crisis in Spain

Of Spain’s 17 regions, only Madrid reported more than 10 new coronavirus cases in the previous 24 hours, with 12 infections, according to the report released last night by the ministry.

The Health Ministry still has not updated the total number of fatalities related to Covid-19, and has for the last three weeks been working on an update of the entire historical series. As a result, around 2,000 deaths are in a kind of limbo until they are assigned to a specific date. According to the Health Ministry report, 26 people with the coronavirus have died in the last seven days. The official death toll from the pandemic in Spain still stands at 27,136.

The number of coronavirus patients requiring hospitalization and intensive care in the past week has also fallen to a record low. According to the latest figures, only five patients were admitted into intensive care and 110 to hospital in the past week. Two out of three hospital admissions were recorded in the four regions hardest hit by the pandemic: Madrid, Catalonia, Castilla y León and Castilla-La Mancha.

The Health Ministry also announced on Sunday that more than three million PCR tests and 1.7 rapid coronavirus tests have been carried out since the beginning of the crisis in Spain, bringing the total number of diagnoses to 4.8 million.

English version by Melissa Kitson.

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