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

Sunday 31 May 2020

The Ministry of Health has reported 39 deaths from coronavirus in the last week and 96 new infections diagnosed since yesterday. The total death toll since the pandemic began is 27,127 (two more than yesterday). The total accumulated number of infections is 239,429. Retrospective reading of the data has been complicated since last Monday when the Ministry of Health introduced a new counting system.

Saturday 30 May 2020

The Ministry of Health has reported only four deaths from coronavirus in the last 24 hours. According to the Ministry, 43 people have lost their lives in the last week, with an accumulated total of 27,125 fatalities in Spain. The accumulated total number of coronavirus infections diagnosed by PCR and IgM tests is 239,228 - 664 more than yesterday, with the Ministry reporting that 271 people have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. Retrospective reading of the data has been complicated since last Monday when the Ministry of Health introduced a new counting system.

The Minister of Tourism, Reyes Maroto, has said that the 14-day quarantine that Spain has imposed on foreign travellers arriving in the country will end as soon as the state of alarm is lifted.

The Government has re-established controls at air and sea borders. The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has announced a fifth extension of the state of alarm, to June 7.

The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has announced that the football season will resume on June 8 and Spain will reopen to international tourism from July.

The Government approved Barcelona and Madrid moving to phase 1 of the de-escalation process from last Monday.

Friday 29 May 2020

The Ministry of Health has reported only two deaths in the last 24 hours. According to the Ministry, 39 people have lost their lives in the last week, with an accumulated total of 27,121 fatalities in Spain. The accumulated total number of infections diagnosed by PCR is 238,564 - 658 more than yesterday, despite the fact that the Ministry has reported that 187 people have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. Retrospective reading of the data has been complicated since last Monday when the Ministry of Health introduced a new counting system.

Thursday 28 May 2020

The Ministry of Health has reported for the second consecutive day only one death in the last 24 hours. According to the Ministry, 38 people have lost their lives in the last week, with an accumulated total of 27,119 fatalities in Spain. The accumulated total number of infections diagnosed by PCR is 237,906 - 1,137 more than yesterday, despite the fact that the Ministry has reported that 182 people have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. Almost 72% of the new infections are in the Communities of Madrid and Catalonia. Retrospective reading of the data has been complicated since last Monday when the Ministry of Health introduced a new counting system.

Wednesday 27 May 2020

The Ministry of Health has announced that 39 people have lost their lives to coronavirus in the last seven days. However, the history of deceased increases by one compared to yesterday: from 27,117 to 27,118 people. The Ministry is carrying out reviews of the history of deaths and infections so that the data better reflects the current impact of the pandemic. The accumulated total number of infections has also been adjusted: yesterday there were 236,259 and today there are 236,769 - 510 more, despite the fact that the Ministry has reported that 231 people have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. Catalonia is the region that contributes the most positives, with 93, followed by the Community of Madrid, with 81.

Tuesday 26 May 2020

The Ministry of Health has again revised the historical statistics of deaths in Spain from coronavirus. Today the total registered deaths has risen to 27,117 - an increase of 283. The ministry had estimated the deaths in the last week at 35. The accumulated total number of infections has also been adjusted: yesterday there were 235,400 and today they are 236,259 - 859 more, despite the fact that the Ministry has reported that 194 people have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. On Monday, the ministry announced that it was reviewing the data to "correct the series, eliminate duplications and unconfirmed deaths.

The Minister of Tourism, Reyes Maroto, has said that the 14-day quarantine that Spain has imposed on foreign travellers arriving in the country will end as soon as the state of alarm is lifted.

The Government has re-established controls at air and sea borders. The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has announced a fifth extension of the state of alarm, to June 7.

The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has announced that the football season will resume on June 8 and Spain will reopen to international tourism from July.

The Government approved Barcelona and Madrid moving to phase 1 of the de-escalation process from yesterday.

Monday 25 May 2020

The daily data report provided by the Ministry of Health today shows a downward revision of the number of deaths from coronavirus in Spain. On Sunday there were almost 28,752 deaths since the pandemic began. Today the number has dropped by 1,918 to 26,834 victims in the official accumulated registry. This breaks the statistical series and the figures provided in previous days are no longer comparable with the new ones. Following the evolution of the epidemic thus becomes more complicated.

Discrepancies also appear in the case of those infected by the virus. The accumulated figure for this Monday (235,400) is lower than that reported yesterday (235,772) despite the fact that 132 new cases were diagnosed by PCR on Sunday.

The Minister of Tourism, Reyes Maroto, has said that the 14-day quarantine that Spain has imposed on foreign travellers arriving in the country will end as soon as the state of alarm is lifted.

The Government has re-established controls at air and sea borders. The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has announced a fifth extension of the state of alarm, to June 7.

The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has announced that the football season will resume on June 8 and Spain will reopen to international tourism from July.

The Government has approved Barcelona and Madrid moving to phase 1 of the de-escalation process from today.

Sunday 24 May 2020

The daily death toll from coronavirus has risen today in Spain. The Ministry of Health has reported 70 new fatalities in the last 24 hours. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.2%, with the official total hospital death toll reported as 28,752. A dozen autonomous communities have not reported any deaths. The most affected are Catalonia (31) and Madrid (21). There has been a fall in new positive cases, with 246 registered today. This brings the accumulated total infected to 246,258 - a daily percentage increase of 0.1%.

The Government has approved Barcelona and Madrid moving to phase 1 of the de-escalation process from tomorrow.

Saturday 23 May 2020

The daily death toll from coronavirus has fallen slightly today in Spain. The Ministry of Health has reported 48 new fatalities in the last 24 hours. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.2%, with the official total hospital death toll reported as 28,678. There have been 361 new positive cases registered today. This brings the accumulated total infected to 246,012 - a daily percentage increase of 0.1%.

The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has announced that the football season will resume on June 8 and Spain will reopen to international tourism from July.

Friday 22 May 2020

The daily death toll from coronavirus has risen slightly today in Spain. The Ministry of Health has reported 56 new fatalities in the last 24 hours. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.2%, with the official total hospital death toll reported as 28,628. There have been 446 new positive cases registered today. This brings the accumulated total infected to 245,651 - a daily percentage increase of 0.2%. On Thursday, 48 new deaths were reported, although they did not include the data for Catalonia. In today's data, Catalonia reports three deaths. The Ministry of Health has alerted to significant 'inconsistencies' in the data for Catalonia and these are under review.

All travellers arriving in Spain from abroad must keep a 14-day quarantine. The Government has re-established controls at air and sea borders. The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has announced a fifth extension of the state of alarm, to June 7.

The Government has approved Barcelona and Madrid moving to phase 1 of the de-escalation process from next Monday.

Thursday 21 May 2020

The daily death toll from coronavirus has fallen today in Spain. The Ministry of Health has reported 48 new fatalities in the last 24 hours. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.2%, with the official total hospital death toll reported as 27,940. There have been 344 new positive cases registered today. This brings the total infected to 245,205 - a daily percentage increase of 0.1%. The data does not include the reporting from Catalonia due to 'validation problems'.

The use of a mask is now compulsory on public roads, in open air spaces and in any closed space for public use or that is open to the public, provided that it is not possible to maintain an interpersonal safety distance of at least two metres. People who go out to exercise by bike and those who run are exempt from the compulsory use.

Wednesday 20 May 2020

The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, will get the approval of Congress to maintain the state of alarm until June 7. The extension is for 15 more days and not 35 as he originally intended. This leaves him weakened on the political stage as his coalition partners begin to abandon him.

The daily death toll from coronavirus has risen slightly this Wednesday in Spain. The Ministry of Health has reported 95 new fatalities in the last 24 hours. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.3%, with the official total hospital death toll reported as 27,888. There have been 416 new positive cases registered today. This brings the total infected to 244,861 - a daily percentage increase of 0.2%.

In Catalonia, the latest figures presented by the Department of Health have shown a decrease of 3,300 infected cases. This is apparently the result of an error in a Barcelona hospital which has counted 'not detectable' negative results as 'inconclusive' or positive cases since the start of data collection.

Tuesday 19 May 2020

The daily death toll from coronavirus has risen slightly this Tuesday in Spain. The Ministry of Health has reported 83 new fatalities in the last 24 hours. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.3%, with the official total hospital death toll reported as 27,778, a discrepancy of 14 from the data reported yesterday. There have been 295 new positive cases registered today. This brings the total infected to 244,445 - a daily percentage increase of 0.1%.

In Catalonia, 85 new positive cases of coronavirus were reported yesterday. This brings the total number of infections to 63,526 - a 0.1% increase from Sunday. 19 people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 6,614. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.3%. The data for hospital deaths include positively diagnosed and suspected cases. Data for coronavirus deaths in Catalonia are now based on funeral services, rather than hospital reporting, leading to loss of continuity in the records. The funeral services total is 11,666 deceased.

Monday 18 May 2020

The daily death toll from coronavirus has fallen again this Monday in Spain. The Ministry of Health has reported 59 new fatalities in the last 28 hours, since on Sunday the deadline that the communities had to send their balances was extended by four hours. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.2%, with the total hospital death toll rising to 27,709. The figure represents a decrease in deaths compared to yesterday, when 87 were recorded, which was the lowest since March 16. There have been 285 new positive cases registered today. This brings the total infected to 244,150 - a daily percentage increase of 0.1%.

In Catalonia, 102 new positive cases of coronavirus were reported yesterday. This brings the total number of infections to 63,441 - a 0.2% increase from Saturday. 23 people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 6,595. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.3%. The data for hospital deaths include positively diagnosed and suspected cases. Data for coronavirus deaths in Catalonia are now based on funeral services, rather than hospital reporting, leading to loss of continuity in the records. The funeral services total is 11,554 deceased.

Sunday 17 May 2020

The has been a significant decrease in the number of daily deaths from coronavirus in Spain for a third consecutive day, and the number of new infections has also fallen. In the last 24 hours, 87 people have died in hospital bringing the total hospital death toll to 27,650 - a daily percentage increase of 0.3%. There have been 421 new positive cases registered today. This brings the total infected to 243,865 - a daily percentage increase of 0.2%.

All travellers arriving in Spain from abroad must keep a 14-day quarantine. The Government has re-established controls at air and sea borders. The measures will apply from Friday, May 15, and will be in force during the state of alarm and its possible extensions. The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has announced a fourth extension of the state of alarm, to May 24.

In Catalonia, 225 new positive cases of coronavirus were reported yesterday. This brings the total number of infections to 63,339 - a 0.4% increase from Friday. 15 people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 6,572. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.2%. The data for hospital deaths include positively diagnosed and suspected cases. Data for coronavirus deaths in Catalonia are now based on funeral services, rather than hospital reporting, leading to loss of continuity in the records. The funeral services total is 11,511 deceased.

Saturday 16 May 2020

The has been a significant decrease in the number of daily deaths from coronavirus in Spain for the second consecutive day, and the number of new infections has also fallen. In the last 24 hours, 104 people have died in hospital bringing the total hospital death toll to 27,563 - a daily percentage increase of 0.4%. There have been 539 new positive cases registered today. This brings the total infected to 243,444 - a daily percentage increase of 0.2%.

In Catalonia, 499 new positive cases of coronavirus were reported yesterday. This brings the total number of infections to 63,114 - a 0.8% increase from Thursday. 21 people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 6,557. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.3%. The data for hospital deaths include positively diagnosed and suspected cases. Data for coronavirus deaths in Catalonia are now based on funeral services, rather than hospital reporting, leading to loss of continuity in the records. The funeral services total is 11,477 deceased.

Friday 15 May 2020

The has been a significant decrease in the number of daily deaths from coronavirus in Spain today, but the number of new infections has risen. In the last 24 hours, 138 people have died in hospital bringing the total hospital death toll to 27,459 - a daily percentage increase of 0.5%. There have been 549 new positive cases registered today. This brings the total infected to 242,905 - a daily percentage increase of 0.2%.

All travellers arriving in Spain from abroad must keep a 14-day quarantine. The Government has re-established controls at air and sea borders. The measures will apply from Friday, May 15, and will be in force during the state of alarm and its possible extensions. The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has announced a fourth extension of the state of alarm, to May 24.

In Catalonia, 938 new positive cases of coronavirus were reported yesterday. This brings the total number of infections to 62,615 - a 1.5% increase from Wednesday. 26 people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 6,536. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.4%. The data for hospital deaths include positively diagnosed and suspected cases. Data for coronavirus deaths in Catalonia are now based on funeral services, rather than hospital reporting, leading to loss of continuity in the records. The funeral services total is 11,440 deceased.

Thursday 14 May 2020

The number of daily deaths from coronavirus has increased in Spain again today, but the number of new infections has fallen. In the last 24 hours, 217 people have died in hospital bringing the total hospital death toll to 27,321 - a daily percentage increase of 0.8%. There have been 506 new positive cases registered today. This brings the total infected to 242,356 - a daily percentage increase of 0.2%.

In Catalonia, 322 new positive cases of coronavirus were reported yesterday. This brings the total number of infections to 61,677 - a 0.5% increase from Tuesday. 25 people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 6,510. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.4%. The data for hospital deaths include positively diagnosed and suspected cases. Data for coronavirus deaths in Catalonia are now based on funeral services, rather than hospital reporting, leading to loss of continuity in the records. The funeral services total is 11,403 deceased.

Wednesday 13 May 2020

The numbers of daily deaths and infections from coronavirus have risen slightly in Spain again today. In the last 24 hours, 184 people have died in hospital bringing the total hospital death toll to 27,104 - a daily percentage increase of 0.7%. There have been 661 new positive cases registered today. This brings the total infected to 241,850 - a daily percentage increase of 0.3%.

In Catalonia, 379 new positive cases of coronavirus were reported yesterday. This brings the total number of infections to 61,355 - a 0.6% increase from Monday. 30 people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 6,485. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.5%. The data for hospital deaths include positively diagnosed and suspected cases. Data for coronavirus deaths in Catalonia are now based on funeral services, rather than hospital reporting, leading to loss of continuity in the records. The funeral services total is 11,351 deceased.

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Tuesdays usually see upticks in deaths and infections after weekend under-reporting and the numbers of daily deaths and infections from coronavirus have increased in Spain today. In the last 24 hours, 176 people have died in hospital bringing the total hospital death toll to 26,920 - a daily percentage increase of 0.7%. There has been a rise in new infections, with 594 new positive cases registered today. This brings the total infected to 241,189 - a daily percentage increase of 0.2%.

In Catalonia, 248 new positive cases of coronavirus were reported yesterday. This brings the total number of infections to 60,976 - a 0.4% increase from Sunday. 32 people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 6,455. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.5%. The data for hospital deaths include positively diagnosed and suspected cases. Data for coronavirus deaths in Catalonia are now based on funeral services, rather than hospital reporting, leading to loss of continuity in the records. The funeral services total is 11,248 deceased.

Monday 11 May 2020

Barcelona and Madrid remain in Phase 0 of the government’s coronavirus deescalation plan, but more than half of Spain’s population moved today to Phase 1. Under Phase 1, residents are able to visit relatives, attend funerals, go shopping without a prior appointment and have a drink at a street café. There are strict conditions attached. For example, restaurants and bars have to prioritise single-use tablecloths, and under no circumstances can a fabric tablecloth be used for more than one customer. Such items will have to be washed at temperatures of between 60 and 90ºC. The tables are placed two metres apart, with waiters equipped with masks, gloves and in some cases, plastic protective screens.

The number of daily deaths from coronavirus has decreased again in Spain today. In the last 24 hours, 123 people have died in hospital bringing the total hospital death toll to 26,744 - a daily percentage increase of 0.5%.

There has been a steep fall in new infections, with 373 new positive cases registered today, the lowest number of new cases in one day since March 5. This brings the total infected to 240,595, a daily percentage increase of 0.2%.

The French President Emanuel Macron has warned that the external borders of the Schengen Area and the Schengen Associated States may remain shut until September, as a measure against another wave of Coronavirus infections in the territory that may be caused by an outer factor, travellers coming from the US and other countries. The European Commission has invited the European states part of the Schengen Area, and the associated states to prolong the external border closure for non-essential travel to EU until May 15.

In Catalonia, 123 new positive cases of coronavirus were reported yesterday. This brings the total number of infections to 60,728 - a 0.2% increase from Saturday. 15 people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 6,423. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.2%. The data for hospital deaths include positively diagnosed and suspected cases. Data for coronavirus deaths in Catalonia are now based on funeral services, rather than hospital reporting, leading to loss of continuity in the records. The funeral services total is 11,160 deceased.

Sunday 10 May 2020

The number of daily deaths from coronavirus has decreased again in Spain today. In the last 24 hours, 143 people have died in hospital bringing the total hospital death toll to 26,621 - a daily percentage increase of 0.5%.

There has been a small uptick in new in infections, with 621 new positive cases registered today, bringing the total infected to 240,222. This a daily percentage increase of 0.3%.

In Catalonia, 201 new positive cases of coronavirus were reported yesterday. This brings the total number of infections to 60,605 - a 0.3% increase from Friday. 33 more people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 6,408. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.5%. The data for hospital deaths include positively diagnosed and suspected cases. Data for coronavirus deaths in Catalonia are now based on funeral services, rather than hospital reporting, leading to loss of continuity in the records. The funeral services total is 11,109 deceased.

Saturday 9 May 2020

The number of daily deaths from coronavirus has decreased in Spain today. In the last 24 hours, 179 people have died bringing the total deceased to 26,478 - a daily percentage increase of 0.7%.

There has also been a decrease new in infections, with 604 new positive cases registered today, bringing the total infected to 239,601. This a daily percentage increase of 0.3%.

Friday 8 May 2020

In Catalonia today, 397 new positive cases of coronavirus have been reported. This brings the total number of infections to 60,404 - a 0.7% increase from Thursday. 31 more people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 6,375. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.5%. The data for hospital deaths include positively diagnosed and suspected cases. Data for coronavirus deaths in Catalonia are now based on funeral services, rather than hospital reporting, leading to loss of continuity in the records. The funeral services total is 11,050 deceased.

The number of daily deaths from coronavirus has increased slightly in Spain today. In the last 24 hours, 229 people have died bringing the total deceased to 26,299 - a daily percentage increase of 0.8%.

There has been an uptick in infections, with 1,095 new positive cases registered today, bringing the total infected to 238,997. This a daily percentage increase of 0.5%.

In Catalonia, 386 new positive cases of coronavirus were reported yesterday. This brings the total number of infections to 60,007 - a 0.6% increase from Wednesday. 58 more people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 6,344. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.9%. The data for hospital deaths include positively diagnosed and suspected cases. Data for coronavirus deaths in Catalonia are now based on funeral services, rather than hospital reporting, leading to loss of continuity in the records. The funeral services total is 10,965 deceased.

Thursday 7 May 2020

The number of daily deaths from coronavirus has decreased slightly in Spain today. In the last 24 hours, 213 people have died bringing the total deceased to 26,070 - a daily percentage increase of 0.8%.

There has been a small uptick in infections, with 754 new positive cases registered today, bringing the total infected to 237,902. This a daily percentage increase of 0.3%.

The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has announced a fourth extension of the state of alarm, for another 15 days, to May 24.

In Catalonia, 1,062 new positive cases of coronavirus were reported yesterday. This brings the total number of infections to 59,621 - a 1.8% increase from Tuesday. 39 more people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 6,286. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.6%. The data for hospital deaths include positively diagnosed and suspected cases. Data for coronavirus deaths in Catalonia are now based on funeral services, rather than hospital reporting, leading to loss of continuity in the records. The funeral services total is 10,831 deceased.

Wednesday 6 May 2020

There has been an uptick in deaths in Spain from coronovirus today. In the last 24 hours, 244 people have died bringing the total deceased to 25,857 - a daily percentage increase of 1.0%.

Infections are still on the decline, with 685 new positive cases registered today, bringing the total infected to 237,148. This a daily percentage increase of 0.3%.

The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, plans to formally announce a fourth extension of the state of alarm, for another 15 days.

In Catalonia, 659 new positive cases of coronavirus were reported yesterday. This brings the total number of infections to 58,559 - a 1.1% increase from Monday. 94 more people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 6,247. This is a daily percentage increase of 1.2%. The data for hospital deaths include positively diagnosed and suspected cases. Data for coronavirus deaths in Catalonia are now based on funeral services, rather than hospital reporting, leading to loss of continuity in the records. The funeral services total is 10,785 deceased.

Tuesday 5 May 2020

The number of daily deaths from coronavirus in Spain has registered a small upturn today. There are 185 new fatalities, but it is the third consecutive day below 200 daily deaths, despite the public holiday weekend under-reporting effect. This brings the total deaths to 25,613 - a daily percentage increase of 0.7%.

There are 867 new coronovirus infections reported in Spain today, bringing the total infected to 236,463. This a daily percentage increase of 0.4%.

The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, meets the Council of Ministers today to formally request a fourth extension of the state of alarm, for another 15 days.

Monday 4 May 2020

394 new positive cases of coronavirus have been reported today in Catalonia today. This brings the total number of infections to 57,900 - a 0.7% increase on yesterday.

57 more people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 6,153. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.9%. The data for hospital deaths include positively diagnosed and suspected cases. Data for coronavirus deaths in Catalonia are now based on funeral services, rather than hospital reporting, leading to loss of continuity in the records. The funeral services total is 10,682 deceased.

This morning in Spain, hairdressers, opticians, dentists and small businesses have reopened their doors by appointment, as well as bars and restaurants for takeaways.

Today is the second consecutive day in Spain with less than 200 daily deaths from coronavirus. It is also a day with the lowest number of new cases since March 8. Caution must be exercised with these data as under-reporting is expected after the holiday weekend.

There are 164 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total deaths to 25,428 - a daily percentage increase of 0.6%. These are the lowest deaths per day since March 19.

There are 356 new coronovirus infections reported in Spain today, bringing the total infected to 235,596. This a daily percentage increase of 0.2% and the lowest daily increase since the start of the epidemic.

Spain has extended its state of alarm until May 9, and it is no longer certain that there will be a further extension. All borders remain sealed.

Sunday 3 May 2020

143 new positive cases of coronavirus have been reported today in Catalonia today. This brings the total number of infections to 57,506 - a 0.2% increase on yesterday.

62 more people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 6,096. This is a daily percentage increase of 1.0%. The data for hospital deaths include positively diagnosed and suspected cases. Data for coronavirus deaths in Catalonia are now based on funeral services, rather than hospital reporting, leading to loss of continuity in the records. The funeral services total is 10,508 deceased.

Today is the fourth consecutive day in Spain with less than 300 daily deaths from coronavirus. There are 164 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total deaths to 25,264 - a daily percentage increase of 0.7%. These are the lowest deaths per day since March 19, although caution must be exercised as under-reporting is expected over this holiday weekend.

There are 838 new coronovirus infections reported in Spain today, bringing the total infected to 235,240. This a daily percentage increase of 0.4% and the lowest increase since the start of the epidemic.

Saturday 2 May 2020

270 new positive cases of coronavirus have been reported today in Catalonia today. This brings the total number of infections to 57,363 - a 0.5% increase on yesterday.

47 more people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 6,034. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.8%. The data for hospital deaths include positively diagnosed and suspected cases. Data for coronavirus deaths in Catalonia are now based on funeral services, rather than hospital reporting, leading to loss of continuity in the records. The funeral services total is 10,452 deceased.

Spain has introduced the first relief measures after 49 days of strict home confinement. Thousands of Spaniards have taken to the streets, parks and beaches for the first time since the state of alarm was decreed on March 14. Time schedules for different age groups to walk and play sport individually help ensure the more vulnerable elderly stay protected. In Barcelona, police are enforcing the time limits.

Today is the third consecutive day with less than 300 daily deaths from coronavirus. There are 276 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total deaths to 25,100 - a daily percentage increase of 1.1%.

There are 1,147 new coronovirus infections reported in Spain today, bringing the total infected to 234,402 - a daily percentage increase of 0.5%.

Friday 1 May 2020

1,956 new positive cases of coronavirus have been reported today in Catalonia today. This brings the total number of infections to 57,093 - a 3.5% increase on yesterday.

35 more people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 5,987. This is a daily percentage increase of 0.6%. The data for hospital deaths include positively diagnosed and suspected cases. Data for coronavirus deaths in Catalonia are now based on funeral services, rather than hospital reporting, leading to loss of continuity in the records. The funeral services total is 10,401 deceased.

There are 1,175 new coronovirus infections reported in Spain today, bringing the total infected to 233,255 - a daily percentage increase of 0.5%. This is the lowest number of infections per day since March 12.

There are 281 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total deaths to 24,824 - a daily percentage increase of 1.1%.

The strict confinement of the population for 48 days is having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in a stabilisation phase.

Spain remains on lockdown, all borders sealed, strict regulations on movement of the population and closure of all but essential shops and services.

Spain has extended its state of alarm until May 9, and it is certain that there will be a further extension which will last until the end of May.

The French President Emanuel Macron has warned that the external borders of the Schengen Area and the Schengen Associated States may remain shut until September, as a measure against another wave of Coronavirus infections in the territory that may be caused by an outer factor, travellers coming from the US and other countries. The European Commission has invited the European states part of the Schengen Area, and the associated states to prolong the external border closure for non-essential travel to EU until May 15.



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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