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

Saturday 31 October 2020

Catalonia has registered 6,038 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 16 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 2,411, 23 less than yesterday. A total of 463 patients are in intensive care units, 16 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen for a fifth consecutive day, from 1.29 to 1.26, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 126 others.

Friday 30 October 2020

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 25,595 new infections today, of which 9,723 have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,185,678.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 3.0 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 857 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 239 more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 35,878. 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 5,596 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 34 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 2,434, 47 more than yesterday. A total of 447 patients are in intensive care units, 9 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen for a fourth consecutive day, from 1.34 to 1.29, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 129 others.

Thursday 29 October 2020

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 23,580 new infections today, of which 9,395 have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,160,083.

790 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 173 more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 35,639. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has announced a ban on entering or exiting its territory for 15 days, the latest in a series of restrictions including a 15-day shutdown of bars and restaurants, a 22.00-06.00 nightly curfew and municipal confinement during the weekend.

Catalonia has registered 5,761 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 78 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 2,387, 182 more than yesterday. A total of 438 patients are in intensive care units, 40 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen for a third consecutive day from 1.38 to 1.34, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 134 others.

Wednesday 28 October 2020

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 19,765 new infections today, of which 9,303 have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,136,503.

761 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 168 more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 35,466. 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 4,854 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 38 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 2,205, 67 more than yesterday. A total of 398 patients are in intensive care units, 30 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen for a second consecutive day from 1.52 to 1.38, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 138 others.

Tuesday 27 October 2020

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 18,418 new infections today, of which 8,304 have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,116,738.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 3.1 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. 267 more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 35,298. 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 5,081 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 39 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 2,138, 31 more than yesterday. A total of 368 patients are in intensive care units, 21 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen slightly from 1.53 to 1.52, but the epidemic continues to expand rapidly. Every 100 infected people pass the virus to 152 others.

Monday 26 October 2020

Spain has declared a new state of emergency after a spike in coronavirus cases and a significant increase in hospital pressure throughout country. A 23.00 to 06.00 curfew is in place for at least 15 days, and likely to be extended for six months, until May 9, 2021. Regions have the power to limit movement in and out of their territories, and could also extend the curfew by an hour on either end depending on local conditions.

The Ministry of Health has registered 52,188 new infections since the last press briefing on Friday and 5,205 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 1,098,320.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 3.2 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 628 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 279 more deaths have been reported since Friday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 35,031. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

The Catalan version of the national state of emergency imposes an 8-hour daily curfew, from 22.00 to 06.00 hours. Catalonia has registered 4,167 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 25 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 2,107, 222 more than yesterday. A total of 347 patients are in intensive care units, 23 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen to 1.53. Above 1, the epidemic is considered to be expanding because it indicates that someone infected with the virus infects more than one person.

Sunday 25 October 2020

Spain has declared a new state of emergency after a spike in coronavirus cases and a significant increase in hospital pressure throughout country. An 11pm to 6am curfew is among measures expected to be in place for at least six months, until May 9, 2021. Regions have the power to limit movement in and out of their territories, and could also extend the curfew by an hour on either end depending on local conditions.

Catalonia has registered 4,969 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 21 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 1,885, 142 more than yesterday. A total of 324 patients are in intensive care units, 1 less than yesterday.

Saturday 24 October 2020

Catalonia has registered the highest number of new cases of coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic, adding 6,073 in the last 24 hours and 48 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 1,743, 45 more than yesterday. A total of 325 patients are in intensive care units, 29 more than yesterday.

The second wave threatens to overwhelm the capacity of hospitals in Catalonia, and tomorrow the Government is expected to announce a night curfew from 22.00 to 06.00 hours and a new state of emergency.

Friday 23 October 2020

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 19,851 new infections today, of which 8,293 have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,046,132. At the European level, Spain remains second in number of infections, behind Russia, which has reached 1,463,306 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 3.3 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 655 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 231 more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 34,752. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has added 5,403 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and 21 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 1,698, 72 more than yesterday. A total of 296 patients are in intensive care units, 14 more than yesterday.

Thursday 22 October 2020

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 20,986 new infections today, of which 7,953 have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. These are the highest daily data of the pandemic so far. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,026,281.

570 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 155 more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 34,521. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has added 4,107 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and 9 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 1,626, 184 more than yesterday. A total of 282 patients are in intensive care units, 39 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen from 1.38 to 1.40. Above 1, the epidemic is considered to be expanding because it indicates that someone infected with the virus infects more than one person.

Wednesday 21 October 2020

Spain has become the first country in the European Union to exceed one million confirmed cases of coronavirus. The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 16,973 new infections today, of which 6,114 have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,005,295. These data do not include the Basque Country which has not reported today for technical reasons.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 3.4 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 575 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 156 more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 34,366. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has added 4,024 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and 31 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 1,442, 57 more than yesterday. A total of 243 patients are in intensive care units, 4 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen from 1.28 to 1.38.

Tuesday 20 October 2020

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 13,873 new infections today, of which 5,314 have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 988,322.

406 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 553 more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 34,210. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has added 2,897 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and 51 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 1,385, 167 more than yesterday. A total of 239 patients are in intensive care units, 25 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 1.30 to 1.28.

Monday 19 October 2020

The Ministry of Health has registered 37,889 new infections since the last press briefing on Friday and 3,750 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 974,449.

The 19 to 29 year age group is the one with the highest incidence, although transmission has particularly increased in recent days in the 10 to 19 years, and especially among those aged 15 to 19. There has been "a small increase" in those over 80 years of age, which is especially noticeable in the pressure in ICUs and the number of deaths.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 3.5 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 459 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 217 more deaths have been reported since Friday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 33,992. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has added 3,418 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and 17 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 1,218, 85 more than yesterday. A total of 214 patients are in intensive care units, 1 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 1.34 to 1.30.

Sunday 18 October 2020

Catalonia has added 2,835 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and 16 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 1,218, 115 more than yesterday. A total of 213 patients are in intensive care units, 9 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 1.34 to 1.30.

Saturday 17 October 2020

Catalonia has added 2,846 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and 9 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 1,103, 2 more than yesterday. A total of 204 patients are in intensive care units, 13 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 1.37 to 1.34.

Friday 16 October 2020

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 15,186 new infections today, of which 6,591 have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 936,560.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 3.6 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 575 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 222 more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 33,775. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has added 2,716 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and 15 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 1,101, 39 more than yesterday. A total of 191 patients are in intensive care units, 3 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 1.39 to 1.37.

Thursday 15 October 2020

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 13,318 new infections today, of which 6,603 have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 921,374.

494 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 140 more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 33,553. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has added 2,079 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and 26 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 1,062, 38 more than yesterday. A total of 188 patients are in intensive care units, 1 less than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen to 1.39. Above 1, the epidemic is considered to be expanding because it indicates that someone infected with the virus infects more than one person.

Wednesday 14 October 2020

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 11,970 new infections today, of which 5,104 have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 908,056.

486 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 209 more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 33,413. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has added 1,620 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and 23 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 1,024, 40 more than yesterday. A total of 189 patients are in intensive care units, 17 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen to 1.33. Above 1, the epidemic is considered to be expanding because it indicates that someone infected with the virus infects more than one person.

The Government of Catalonia will close all bars and restaurants in the region from tomorrow evening until the end of October. In addition, the capacity of shops and street markets is reduced to 30% and gyms, 50%. Trade fairs, congresses and conventions are suspended, parks and gardens will close at 8:00 p.m. and sporting activities are restricted. The aim is to reduce the social interaction of the population.

Tuesday 13 October 2020

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 7,118 new infections today, of which 2,759 have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 896,086. These data do not include Andalucia, which has yet to report.

406 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 80 more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 33,204. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has added 1,280 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and 16 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 984, 40 more than yesterday. A total of 172 patients are in intensive care units, 6 more than yesterday.

Monday 12 October 2020

The Ministry of Health has registered 27,856 new infections since the last press briefing on Friday and 2,825 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 888,968.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 3.7 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 447 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 195 more deaths have been reported since Friday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 33,124. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has added 1,843 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and 16 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 944, 71 more than yesterday. A total of 166 patients are in intensive care units, 15 more than yesterday.

Sunday 11 October 2020

Catalonia has added 2,360 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and 13 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 873, 34 more than yesterday. A total of 151 patients are in intensive care units, 6 less than yesterday.

Saturday 10 October 2020

Catalonia has added 2,471 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and 7 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions falls to 839, 18 less than yesterday. A total of 157 patients are in intensive care units, the same number as yesterday.

Friday 9 October 2020

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 12,788 new infections today, of which 5,986 have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 861,112.

The average age of death from the coronavirus in Spain is 3 years older than the average life expectancy, a perspective rarely shared in the mainstream media. Life expectancy in Spain (2019) is 83 years, whereas the average age of death from the coronavirus is 86 years. The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 3.8 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 541 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 241 more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 32,929. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has added 2,529 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and 26 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 857, 21 more than yesterday. A total of 157 patients are in intensive care units, 2 less than yesterday.

Half of the cases that are detected in Catalonia are asymptomatic They are identifications made by being in close contact with someone who has already been diagnosed or have been found through mass screening.

A state of emergency has been declared this morning for the Madrid capital and surrounding municipalities. This overrules yesterday's Madrid court order that blocked the government from applying new restrictions on movement.

Tracking the 7-day moving average for new daily confirmed cases and deaths per day of COVID-19 in Spain suggests the worst of the 'second wave' may be over:

Tracking the 7-day moving average for new daily confirmed cases and deaths per day of COVID-19 in Spain
Source: Ministry of Health for Spain and La Vanguardia

Thursday 8 October 2020

A court in Madrid has blocked the government from applying new restrictions on movement in and around the Spanish capital on the grounds they impacted on the rights and fundamental freedoms of residents. This means the mobility restrictions imposed on some 4.5 million people cannot be legally enforced by police, effectively rendering them null and void. As a result, the confinement measures affecting 45 small sanitary lockdown zones which have already been ratified by the courts, are back in force.

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 12,423 new infections today, of which 5,585 have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 848,324.

421 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 126 more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 32,688. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has added 1,495 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and 12 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions falls to 836, 6 less than yesterday. A total of 159 patients are in intensive care units, 13 less than yesterday. The R0 or speed of contagion has increased from 1.21 to 1.24.

Wednesday 7 October 2020

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 10,491 new infections today, of which 5,075 have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 835,901.

445 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 76 more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 32,562. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has added 1,585 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and 2 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions falls to 821, 21 less than yesterday. A total of 169 patients are in intensive care units, 3 less than yesterday. The R0 or speed of contagion has increased from 1.13 to 1.21.

Tuesday 6 October 2020

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 11,998 new infections today, of which 4,030 have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 825,410.

The lethality of the virus has fallen to 3.9 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 484 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 261 more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 32,486. 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 hospital beds occupied by patients with covid at the national level is 9.08%. The percentage of intensive care occupation is 17.68%. Madrid has an ICU occupation of 40%.

Russia is the country with the most infections in Europe (1,225,889), followed by Spain (825,410), France (624,724) and the United Kingdom (515,571).

Catalonia has added 1,124 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and 8 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 842, 19 more than yesterday. A total of 172 patients are in intensive care units, 8 more than yesterday. The R0 or speed of contagion has increased from 0.99 to 1.13.

Monday 5 October 2020

There are tentative signs that the worst of the 'second wave' in Spain is over. The Ministry of Health has registered 23,480 new infections since the last press briefing on Friday and 2,099 in the last 24 hours. This is a 26% decline in new infections compared to the previous Monday when 31,785 were reported. 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 813,412.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 4.0 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 366 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 139 more deaths have been reported since Friday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 32,225. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has added 1,413 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and 14 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 823, 39 more than yesterday. A total of 164 patients are in intensive care units, 2 more than yesterday.

Sunday 4 October 2020

Catalonia has added 2,426 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and 16 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 784, 29 more than yesterday. A total of 162 patients are in intensive care units, 8 more than yesterday. The R0 or speed of contagion has increased from 0.96 to 0.99.

Saturday 3 October 2020

Catalonia has added 1,672 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and no new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions falls to 755, 31 less than yesterday. A total of 154 patients are in intensive care units, 3 less than yesterday.

Friday 2 October 2020

Madrid, which is leading the resurgence of the virus in Spain, has been placed in confinement from 22.00 hours tonight. The measures prohibit all nonessential trips in and out of the capital and nine of its suburbs - affecting around 4.8 million people. The government orders only allow people to cross the municipal borders to commute for work, for a medical appointment, legal errands, or appointments with a governmental administration. Fines of up to 600,000 euros may be imposed for breaking the confinment.

The World Health Organisation admits it does not know what is failing in Spain in the management of the coronavirus. Despite being the country with the most restrictive measures, the incidence of the virus is the highest in Europe.

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 11,325 new infections today, of which 3,722 have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 789,932.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 4.1 deaths per 100 patients. 538 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 113 more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 32,086. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has added 1,964 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and 17 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions falls to 786, 14 less than yesterday. A total of 157 patients are in intensive care units, 9 more than yesterday.

Thursday 1 October 2020

The Ministry of Health for Spain has reported that 35% of new coronavirus infections in the country are concentrated in Madrid. The National Government has imposed a perimeter confinement on the city. The Madrid regional government has until Friday night to comply and will appeal the measures in the courts.

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 9,419 new infections today, of which 3,715 have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 778,607.

547 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 182 more deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 31,973. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has added 1,605 new cases of coronavirus infections confirmed in the last 24 hours and 26 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions falls to 800, 2 less than yesterday. A total of 148 patients are in intensive care units, 8 more than yesterday.



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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