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Barcelona Coronavirus December 2020 - Daily Updates and Advice for Visiting Groups

Thursday 31 December 2020

The Ministry of Health has registered 18,047 new infections today with 10,217 diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,928,265.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.64 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 622 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 148 more deaths have been reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 50,837. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has registered 3,892 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 16 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions falls to 1,795, 25 less than yesterday. A total of 379 patients are in intensive care units, 3 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 1.03 to 0.99. The epidemic is in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 99 others, reducing the epidemic by 1% every day.

Wednesday 30 December 2020

The Ministry of Health has registered 16,716 new infections today with 9,860 diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,910,218.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.65 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 646 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 247 more deaths have been reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 50,689. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has registered 3,762 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 98 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 1,820, 44 more than yesterday. A total of 376 patients are in intensive care units, 2 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 1.09 to 1.03. The epidemic is still in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 103 others, increasing the epidemic by 3% every day.

There are a number of reasons for daily discrepancies in data for new infections for Spain. The chart below shows the daily change in new cases for Spain, including those tests that take more than a day to become known. It is updated for 24 December 2020, based on various sources that are tracking and aggregating coronavirus data.

Daily change in new coronavirus cases for Spain - December 24 2020
Source: Google, based on Wikipedia and other authoritative sources

Tuesday 29 December 2020

The Ministry of Health has registered 14,089 new infections since the last press briefing on 24 December and 7,848 in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,893,413.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.66 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 554 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 320 more deaths have been reported since Christmas Eve. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 50,442. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has registered 3,010 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 58 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 1,776, 40 more than yesterday. A total of 374 patients are in intensive care units, 37 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 1.16 to 1.09. The epidemic is still in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 109 others, increasing the epidemic by 9% every day.

Monday 28 December 2020

The Ministry of Health has registered 24,462 new infections since the last press briefing on 24 December and 2,822 in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,879,413.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.67 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 408 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 298 more deaths have been reported since Christmas Eve. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 50,122. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has registered 937 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 26 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 1,736, 72 more than yesterday. A total of 337 patients are in intensive care units, the same number as yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen slightly from 1.17 to 1.16. The epidemic is still in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 116 others, increasing the epidemic by 16% every day.

Sunday 27 December 2020

Catalonia has registered 1,048 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 25 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 1,664, 72 more than yesterday. A total of 337 patients are in intensive care units, 2 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen slightly from 1.16 to 1.17. The epidemic is in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 117 others, increasing the epidemic by 17% every day.

Saturday 26 December 2020

Catalonia has registered 1,508 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 45 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 1,592, 72 more than yesterday. A total of 335 patients are in intensive care units, 1 less than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen for a sixth consecutive day, from 1.20 to 1.16. However, the epidemic is still in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 116 others, increasing the epidemic by 16% every day.

Friday 25 December 2020

Catalonia has registered 2,699 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 45 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions falls to 1,520, 60 less than yesterday. A total of 336 patients are in intensive care units, 22 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen for a fifth consecutive day, from 1.24 to 1.20. However, the epidemic is still in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 120 others, increasing the epidemic by 20% every day.

Thursday 24 December 2020

The Ministry of Health has registered 12,662 new infections since yesterday's update and 6,733 in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,854,951.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.69 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 634 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 126 more deaths have been reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 49,824. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

The average number of beds occupied by patients with coronavirus in Spain, not including other pathologies, falls to 8.80%. Intensive care bed occupancy presents a lower percentage than yesterday of 19.98%.

Catalonia has registered 2,820 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 36 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions falls to 1,580, 53 less than yesterday. A total of 314 patients are in intensive care units, 18 less than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen for a fourth consecutive day, from 1.33 to 1.24. However, the epidemic is still in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 124 others, increasing the epidemic by 24% every day.

Wednesday 23 December 2020

The Ministry of Health has registered 12,386 new infections since yesterday's update and 6,819 in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,842,289.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.71 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 648 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 178 more deaths have been reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 49,698. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

The average number of beds occupied by patients with coronavirus in Spain, not including other pathologies, is 9.24%. Intensive care beds present a higher percentage of 20.20%.

Catalonia has registered 2,639 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 56 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions remains at 1,633, the same number as yesterday. A total of 332 patients are in intensive care units, 2 less than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 1.40 to 1.33. The epidemic is in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 133 others, increasing the epidemic by 33% every day.

Tuesday 22 December 2020

The Ministry of Health has registered 10,654 new infections since yesterday's update and 5,637 in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,829,903.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.71 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 658 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 260 more deaths have been reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 49,520. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has registered 2,235 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 32 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions has fallen to 1,610, 13 less than yesterday. A total of 334 patients are in intensive care units, 7 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 1.52 to 1.40. The epidemic is in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 140 others, increasing the epidemic by 40% every day.

Monday 21 December 2020

The United Kingdom is largely isolated from the rest of Europe today due to a new strain of coronavirus. From tomorrow, Spain will ban all entries from the UK except for Spanish nationals and residents.

The Ministry of Health has registered 22,013 new infections since the last press briefing on Friday and 2,156 in the last 24 hours. The Ministry has not provided coronavirus diagnostic data during the weekend since 4 July. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,819,249.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.71 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 565 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 334 more deaths have been reported since Friday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 49,260. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has registered 980 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 40 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions has risen to 1,623, 56 more than yesterday. A total of 327 patients are in intensive care units, 7 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen slightly from 1.53 to 1.52. The epidemic is in a regrowth phase, with every 2 infected people passing the virus to more than 3 others, increasing the epidemic by 52% every day.

Sunday 20 December 2020

Catalonia has registered 1,575 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 6 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions has risen to 1,567, 47 more than yesterday. A total of 320 patients are in intensive care units, 9 less than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen from 1.50 to 1.53. The epidemic is in a regrowth phase, with every 2 infected people passing the virus to more than 3 others, increasing the epidemic by 53% every day.

Saturday 19 December 2020

Catalonia has registered 2,554 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 33 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions has fallen to 1,520, 27 less than yesterday. A total of 329 patients are in intensive care units, 15 less than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen from 1.41 to 1.5. The epidemic is in a regrowth phase, with every 2 infected people passing the virus to 3 others, which increases the epidemic by 50% every day.

Friday 18 December 2020

The Ministry of Health has registered 11,815 new infections since yesterday's update and 5,771 in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,797,236.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.72 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 746 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 149 more deaths have been reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 48,926. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

The average percentage of beds occupied by patients with coronavirus in Spain, excluding other pathologies, is 9.14%. Intensive care beds show a higher percentage: 20.10%.

Catalonia has registered 2,141 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 20 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions has risen to 1,547, 15 more than yesterday. A total of 344 patients are in intensive care units, one less than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen from 1.34 to 1.41. The epidemic is in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 141 others, which increases the epidemic by 41% every day.

During the Christmas holidays, Catalonia has restricted daily mobility to the regional county level except for visits to friends and relatives. A maximum of 10 diners are allowed at home, and time slots have been allocated for bars and restaurants so that they are open only at meal times.

There are a number of reasons for daily discrepancies in data for new infections for Spain. The chart below shows the daily change in new cases for Spain, including those tests that take more than a day to become known. It is updated for 18 December 2020, based on various sources that are tracking and aggregating coronavirus data.

Daily change in new coronavirus cases for Spain - December 18 2020
Source: Google, based on Wikipedia and other authoritative sources

Thursday 17 December 2020

The Ministry of Health has registered 12,131 new infections since yesterday's update and 5,763 in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,785,421.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.73 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 789 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 181 more deaths have been reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 48,777. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has registered 2,269 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 30 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions has risen to 1,532, 56 more than yesterday. A total of 345 patients are in intensive care units, a number unchanged from yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen from 1.22 to 1.34. The epidemic is in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 134 others, which increases the epidemic by 34% every day.

Wednesday 16 December 2020

The Ministry of Health has registered 11,078 new infections since yesterday's update and 6,196 in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,773,290.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.75 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 811 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 195 more deaths have been reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 48,696. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has registered 2,112 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 62 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions has fallen to 1,476, 35 less than yesterday. A total of 345 patients are in intensive care units, 6 less than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen from 1.11 to 1.22. The epidemic is in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 122 others, which increases the epidemic by 22% every day.

Tuesday 15 December 2020

Nearly 10% of the Spanish population may have contracted the coronavirus at some point, half of them during the second wave of the pandemic, according to the preliminary results of a study released on today.

The Ministry of Health has registered 10,328 new infections since yesterday's update and 5,215 in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,762,212.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.75 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 773 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 388 more deaths have been reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 48,401. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has registered 1,886 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 39 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions has fallen to 1,511, 8 less than yesterday. A total of 351 patients are in intensive care units, 7 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen from 0.94 to 1.11. The epidemic has returned to a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 111 others, which increases the epidemic by 11% every day.

Monday 14 December 2020

The Ministry of Health has registered 21,309 new infections since the last press briefing on Friday and 2,448 in the last 24 hours. The Ministry has not provided coronavirus diagnostic data during the weekend since 4 July. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,751,884.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.74 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 646 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 389 more deaths have been reported since Friday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 48,013. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has registered 902 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 19 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions has risen to 1,519, 77 more than yesterday. A total of 344 patients are in intensive care units, 6 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen to 0.94. The epidemic is still in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 94 others, which reduces the epidemic by 6% every day.

Shopping centres in Catalonia have reopened, with 30% capacity.

Sunday 13 December 2020

Catalonia has registered 1,213 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 41 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions has risen to 1,442, 54 more than yesterday. A total of 338 patients are in intensive care units, 5 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen to 0.91. The epidemic is in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 91 others, which reduces the epidemic by 9% every day.

Saturday 12 December 2020

Catalonia has registered 1,859 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 54 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions has fallen to 1,388, 48 less than yesterday. A total of 333 patients are in intensive care units, 12 less than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen to 0.92. The epidemic is still in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 92 others, which reduces the epidemic by 8% every day.

There are a number of reasons for daily discrepancies in data for new infections for Spain. The chart below shows the daily change in new cases for Spain, including those tests that take more than a day to become known. It is updated for 11 December 2020, based on various sources that are tracking and aggregating coronavirus data.

Daily change in new coronavirus cases for Spain - December 11 2020
Source: Google, based on Wikipedia and other authoritative sources

Friday 11 December 2020

The Ministry of Health has registered 10,519 new infections since yesterday's update and 5,849 in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,730,575.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.75 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 812 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 280 more deaths have been reported since Friday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 47,624. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has registered 1,856 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 28 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions has fallen to 1,436, 55 less than yesterday. A total of 345 patients are in intensive care units, 15 less than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen slightly to 0.95. The epidemic is still in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 95 others, which reduces the epidemic by 5% every day.

Thursday 10 December 2020

The Ministry of Health has registered 7,955 new infections since yesterday's update and 4,595 in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,720,056.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.75 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 765 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 325 more deaths have been reported since Friday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 47,344. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has registered 1,469 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 33 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions has fallen to 1,491, 92 less than yesterday. A total of 360 patients are in intensive care units, 12 less than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has remained stable, and stands at 0.96. The epidemic is still in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 96 others, which reduces the epidemic by 4% every day.

Wednesday 9 December 2020

The Ministry of Health has registered 9,773 new infections since the last press briefing on Monday and 2,305 in the last 24 hours. The Ministry did not provide a coronavirus update yesterday, which was a National Holiday in Spain. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,712,101.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.75 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 700 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 373 more deaths have been reported since Friday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 47,019. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has registered 853 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and no new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions has risen to 1,583, 9 more than yesterday. A total of 372 patients are in intensive care units, 14 less than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen for a second day, and stands at 0.96. The epidemic is still in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 96 others, which reduces the epidemic by 4% every day. These data are conditioned by the public holidays this week, in which less screening has been done, fewer diagnoses obtained, and funeral homes have yet to report.

Tuesday 8 December 2020

Catalonia has registered 1,127 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 41 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions has fallen to 1,574, 16 less than yesterday. A total of 386 patients are in intensive care units, 9 less than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen slightly to 0.98. The epidemic is still in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 98 others, which reduces the epidemic by 2% every day.

Monday 7 December 2020

The Ministry of Health has registered 17,681 new infections since the last press briefing on Friday and 1,800 in the last 24 hours. The Ministry has not provided coronavirus diagnostic data during the weekend since 4 July. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,702,328.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.74 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 759 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 394 more deaths have been reported since Friday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 46,646. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has registered 582 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 25 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions has risen to 1,590, 39 more than yesterday. A total of 395 patients are in intensive care units, 6 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) remains at 0.99. The epidemic is still in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 99 others, which reduces the epidemic by 1% every day.

Sunday 6 December 2020

Catalonia has registered 901 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 63 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 1,551, 64 more than yesterday. A total of 389 patients are in intensive care units, 11 less than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen to 0.99. The epidemic is still in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 99 others, which reduces the epidemic by 1% every day.

Saturday 5 December 2020

Catalonia has registered 1,404 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 45 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions has fallen to 1,487, 37 less than yesterday. A total of 400 patients are in intensive care units, 18 less than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen to 0.98. The epidemic is still in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 98 others, which reduces the epidemic by 2% every day.

The risk of regrowth or Potential Growth Index (PGI), is made up of two factors: the average reproduction speed of the last 7 days, which allows evaluating the speed of spread of the disease, and the cumulative incidence of the last 14 days. The Catalan municipalities with more than 20,000 inhabitants with the highest risk of regrowth are Puigcerdà (854), Manlleu (676), Mollet del Vallès (610), Martorell (547), Rubí (513), Banyoles (512 ), Mollerussa (497) and Canovelles (445). There are four municipalities below 100 PGI this Saturday: Sant Pere de Ribes (82), Sitges (79), Vilanova i la Geltrú (77) and Vila-seca (54).

Friday 4 December 2020

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 8,745 new infections today, with 4,372 cases diagnosed in last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,684,647.

952 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 214 more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 46,252. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has registered 1,404 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 50 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions fallen to 1,524, 67 less than yesterday. A total of 418 patients are in intensive care units, 20 less than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen to 0.95. The epidemic is still in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 95 others, which reduces the epidemic by 5% every day.

There are a number of reasons for daily discrepancies in data for new infections for Spain. The chart below shows the daily change in new cases for Spain, including those tests that take more than a day to become known. It is updated for 4 December 2020, based on various sources that are tracking and aggregating coronavirus data.

Daily change in new coronavirus cases for Spain - December 4 2020
Source: Google, based on Wikipedia and other authoritative sources

Thursday 3 December 2020

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 10,127 new infections today, with 4,765 cases diagnosed in last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,675,902.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.75 deaths per 100 patients, compared with 9.07 deaths per 100 on 21 June. 1,015 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 254 more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 46,038. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has registered 1,614 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 27 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions fallen to 1,591, 83 less than yesterday. A total of 438 patients are in intensive care units, 11 less than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen to 0.92. The epidemic is in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 92 others, which reduces the epidemic by 8% every day.

Catalonia will delay lifting coronavirus restrictions amid the worsening infection rates, and will stay in phase 1 until December 21st. Under Phase 2 of the de-escalation plan, the region’s borders would still be closed but the weekend confinement of residents to their own city limits would have been loosened to allow people to travel within the region between Friday 06.00 and Monday 06.00. It would also have seen shops increase occupancy from 30 to 50 percent and shopping centres reopen with a 30 percent capacity. Bars and restaurants would also see their indoor capacity grow from 30 to 50 percent. Under Phase 2 such establishments would still have to close by 21.30 as a curfew between 22.00 and 06.00 remains in place.

Wednesday 2 December 2020

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 9,331 new infections today, with 5,060 cases diagnosed in last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,665,775.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.75 deaths per 100 patients, compared with 9.07 deaths per 100 on 21 June. 1,051 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 273 more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 45,784. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has registered 1,462 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 39 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions fallen to 1,674, 44 less than yesterday. A total of 449 patients are in intensive care units, 5 less than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen to 0.89. The epidemic is in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 89 others, which reduces the epidemic by 11% every day.

Tuesday 1 December 2020

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 8,257 new infections today, with 3,841 cases diagnosed in last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,656,444.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.75 deaths per 100 patients, compared with 9.07 deaths per 100 on 21 June. 1,067 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 442 more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 45,511. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has registered 1,505 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 62 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions fallen to 1,718, 34 less than yesterday. A total of 454 patients are in intensive care units, 4 less than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen again to 0.84. The epidemic is in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 84 others, which reduces the epidemic by 16% every day.

There are a number of reasons for daily discrepancies in data for new infections for Spain. The chart below shows the daily change in new cases for Spain, including those tests that take more than a day to become known. It is updated for 1 December 2020, based on various sources that are tracking and aggregating coronavirus data.

Daily change in new coronavirus cases for Spain - December 1 2020
Source: Google, based on Wikipedia and other authoritative sources



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Foot Notes


1 Chinese and American researchers have used the infection data from the first few weeks to model the temporal and spatial evolution of the coronavirus first in Wuhan, the start of the pandemic, and later in 375 other Chinese cities. To see how the virus could progress, they overlapped this information with the movement patterns of hundreds of millions of Chinese recorded by the telecommunications company Tencent in Chunyun 2018. This period of the Chinese lunar calendar begins a few days before the Chinese New Year. and it lasts for several weeks afterwards. This year, the New Year fell precisely on January 23. Thus they were able to estimate how the coronavirus moved. The work, published in the Science journal, has found that until Wuhan's forced isolation, 86% of all infections were not being detected. That is, only 14% of the infected were under control. The rest, whether asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic, continued to lead their normal lives. Thus, for many days there were two very different transmission rates. That January 23, there were only 801 documented cases throughout China, while the total number of new COVID-19 infections during 10-23 January in Wuhan city is estimated at 13,118 (documented and undocumented combined).
After Wuhan's closure measures, later extended to much of China, the dynamics of the epidemic changed in the city of origin. Between January 24 and February 8, the study authors estimate that the percentage of invisible infected people drops to 35%. They also come to light faster. For the first time, the basic reproduction number (R0) of the epidemic, understood as new infections for each infected person while sick, fell to 0.99. It was the first step in controlling the epidemic, although only in Wuhan.
Source: Science Magazine
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2020/03/13/science.abb3221
2 The National Centre for Epidemiology estimate that the number of those affected in the 2017-2018 influenza season was 752,000 people, with nearly 15,000 related deaths. Hospitalisation was necessary in 52,000 of the cases, 14,000 of them had serious complications and 3,000 required admission to the ICU.
Source: Epidemiology and Public Health Networking Biomedical Research Centre (CIBER)
https://www.ciberisciii.es/noticias/estiman-en-800000-personas-los-afectados-por-la-gripe-del-pasado-ano
3 According to the National Centre for Epidemiology, some 6,300 people died in Spain due to influenza last season, 2018-2019. The Influenza Surveillance System estimated that 490,000 people affected by mild cases of this pathology attended the Primary Care centres, in addition to some 35,300 confirmed hospitalised patients, of which 2,500 entered the ICU. Among the deaths registered in the country, 83% were older than 64 years and 13% belonged to the group of 45-64 years.
Source: DiarodeAvisos https://diariodeavisos.elespanol.com/2019/10/6-300-personas-fallecieron-por-la-gripe-la-pasada-temporada/
4 The first of the deaths from coronavirus recorded in Spain occurred on February 13, although the patient, a 69-year-old man, had travelled to Nepal, making it difficult to track the infection. The case was discovered by an autopsy.
5 Since 2010, both the governments of Spain and those of its different autonomies (health care is a transferred competence) have approved a series of health care cuts that weakened the system. In 2020, Spain budgeted 5.9% of its GDP for public health spending. This percentage was 6.77% in 2009. Catalonia is one of the Spanish autonomous regions that has cut the most in recent years, dedicating just 3.9% of its GDP to public health this year. The European average is 7.5%
Source: El Periodico: https://www.elperiodico.com/es/sanidad/20200318/recortes-7895906
A December 2019 FACUA report reveals that Catalonia is the Spanish region with the longest wait for a Public Health family doctor appointment. 74% of respondents expect a wait of at least one week.
Source: El Periodico: https://www.elperiodico.com/es/sociedad/20191215/catalunya-comunidad-mayor-tiempo-espera-medico-cabecera-7772135