The sixth wave of Covid in Spain continues to pressure the accelerator after adding another 17 points to the cumulative incidence in 14 days, reaching 323 cases per 100,000 residents on Friday. It is more than 20 points higher than the high-risk threshold the country entered on Thursday, according to a new Covid traffic sign approved by the Ministry of Health and Independent Communities.
In the data published on Friday, about 17,012 new infections and 60 deaths were also reported, bringing the total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,290,190 people who contracted Covid-19 and 88,381 died from the virus. .
There are currently 5,569 patients admitted for Covid-19 across Spain and 1,056 of them are in the intensive care unit (ICU). The occupancy rate for coronavirus-occupied beds was 4.48% and ICUs 11.41%.
By communities, Navarra remains the region with the worst indicators, currently recording a 14-day backlog of 1,037 cases per 100,000 inhabitants; That is, more than 500 cases above the threshold of alert level 4 or too high for a Covid traffic signal. Also in this range are the Basque Country, with 786 cases, and Aragon, with 606.
In contrast, Madrid, Extremadura and Andalusia are the autonomous communities that have best resisted the sixth Covid wave, and according to data on Friday, 199, 169 and 149 cases are accumulating, respectively. However, the national radiography shows that there is no low-risk area (<100 cases).
The increase in cases and incidence was also recorded in the days following the Constitution Bridge, during which movement within the country increased. However, the real results of this movement are likely to appear within 15 days, according to health estimates.
The Covid-19 booster vaccines offer an estimated 70% to 75% protection against mild illness caused by the new variant of omicron, according to the latest findings from the UK’s Health Safety Agency.
The data published on Friday is the first obtained outside of laboratory tests – such as the one announced by Pfizer this week – in which the neutralizing ability of the South African strain has been shown after the third dose.
In Spain, a total of 6,027,380 booster doses have already been administered: 4,661,670 from Pfizer and 1,365,710 from Moderna. Currently, this data only collects the extra dose from people with a high-risk condition, people living in residences and over 70 years of age, as well as a Janssen booster.
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