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Barcelona Coronavirus - Daily Updates and Advice for Visiting Groups

Thursday 9 July 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has registered 10 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. Five new deaths have been reported today, with the official coronavirus death toll now at 28,401. Spain’s mortality rate has returned to normal compared with the same period over the previous five years, with no excess deaths since 18 May.

The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 241, a slight decrease compared to yesterday when 257 were registered. Andalusia, Aragon, Catalonia and Madrid concentrate the bulk of the new cases. Almost 70% of the cases in the outbreaks are asymptomatic. In total, 253,056 have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

The Barcelona region has registered 249 positive cases of covid-19 with a PCR test between June 29 and July 5, representing an increase of 76.6% compared to the previous week and an incidence of 11 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the Open Data Portal of the Government of Catalonia. Although the number is high, it is far behind the 256 per 100,000 inhabitants of Segrià, confined since last Saturday, and places Barcelona in twelfth position in terms of incidence among the 42 Catalan regions. A large majority of those testing positive do not need to be admitted to hospital because they have very mild symptoms.

After almost 100 days of confinement and six extensions of the state of alarm, Spain has reached the so-called new normal. Restrictions on mobility have been lifted and borders with the EU and 15 non-Schengen area countries have been opened. The 15 non-Schengen countries have an epidemiological situation similar to or better than that of Europe. Italy has withdrawn from this European agreement and will impose a mandatory two-week quarantine for all countries outside of Schengen.

Arrivals from the United Kingdom are not required to self-isolate on arrival but will be subject to a series of three health checks. These checks involve:

  • providing the Spanish Ministry of Health with contact information and any history of exposure to COVID-19 by following the instructions on the Spain Travel Health website or downloadable app 48 hours prior to travel. It is mandatory for all passengers travelling to Spain to fill out and sign the online form associated with your trip, regardless of your nationality or residency status. On completion, you will be issued a personal and non-transferable QR code which you must show (electronically or hardcopy) at airport health controls on arrival;
  • a temperature reading;
  • a visual health assessment.

Catalonia has made the use of face masks mandatory for people over six years old in all public spaces from today. A penalty of 100 euros may be imposed if you do not comply. Social distancing measures and other safety precautions must be observed at all times. The Balearic Government has also made the use of a mask mandatory in public spaces with exceptions for places such as beaches, swimming pools or during sports.

England will lift the quarantine of travellers arriving from Spain on July 10. Spain was exempted from UK Foreign Office advice against all international travel from 4 July.

In Catalonia, the government entrusts individuals with the responsibility to avoid contagion. The restrictions on capacity, both indoors and outdoors, no longer apply. The permitted capacity of each venue is subject only to the ability to guarantee a safety distance between people of 1.5 metres. This is equivalent to a ratio of 2.5 m² per person.

*From 26 May, the deaths shown are for the last 7 days


The effects of the Coronavirus in Spain: by age

Wednesday 8 July 2020

Catalonia will make the use of face masks mandatory for people over six years old in all public spaces from tomorrow. A penalty of 100 euros may be imposed if you do not comply.

The Ministry of Health in Spain has registered 9 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. Four new deaths have been reported today, with the official coronavirus death toll now at 28,396. Spain’s mortality rate has returned to normal compared with the same period over the previous five years, with no excess deaths since 18 May.

The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 257, a significant increase compared to yesterday when 124 were registered. In total, 252,513 have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Tuesday 7 July 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has registered 9 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. Four new deaths have been reported today, with the official coronavirus death toll now at 28,392. Spain’s mortality rate has returned to normal compared with the same period over the previous five years, with no excess deaths since 18 May.

The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 124, an increase compared to yesterday when 78 were registered. In total, 252,130 have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Face masks are obligatory on public transport and in public spaces where it is not possible to maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres. Social distancing measures and other safety precautions must be observed at all times.

Monday 6 July 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has registered 12 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. Three new deaths have been reported since Friday, with the official coronavirus death toll now at 28,388. Spain’s mortality rate has returned to normal compared with the same period over the previous five years, with no excess deaths since 18 May.

The number of infections diagnosed by PCR over the weekend is 78, an increase compared to Friday when 174 were registered. In total, 251,789 have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Sunday 5 July 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has announced that it will not update the coronavirus data until tomorrow.

The Government of Catalonia has ordered the isolation of the almost 210,000 inhabitants of the region of Segrià, including its capital Lleida, for a minimum of two weeks. The Segrià region currently has an infection rate of 149 per 100,000 inhabitants. This is many times higher than the Spanish average infection rate of 8.76, the Catalonia rate of 7.2 and the Barcelona average which falls between 3 and 4. Segrià is predominantly agricultural and eight outbreaks have been registered in the area in recent weeks linked to infections among seasonal fruit pickers. The mayor of Lleida acknowledged today that many of the seasonal workers are housed in unsanitary conditions, with some sleeping on the street. Most of them are young and asymptomatic, hired and paid by the day so continue to work if feeling ill.

Saturday 4 July 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has announced that it will not update the coronavirus data until next Monday.

Friday 3 July 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has registered 21 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. Seventeen new deaths have been reported today, with the official coronavirus death toll now at 28,385. Spain’s mortality rate has returned to normal compared with the same period over the previous five years, with no excess deaths since 18 May.

The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 174, an increase compared to yesterday when 134 were registered. In total, 250,545 have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Thursday 2 July 2020

Spain’s mortality rate has returned to normal compared with the same period over the previous five years, with no excess deaths since 18 May. The Ministry of Health in Spain has registered 24 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. Five new deaths have been reported today, with the official coronavirus death toll now at 28,368.

The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 134, a decrease compared to yesterday when 149 were registered. In total, 250,103 have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Wednesday 1 July 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has registered 19 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. Eight new deaths have been reported today, with the official coronavirus death toll now at 28,363.

The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 149, an increase compared to yesterday when 99 were registered. In total, 249,659 have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Tuesday 30 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has registered 20 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. Nine new deaths have been reported today, with the official coronavirus death toll now at 28,355.

The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 99, a small increase compared to yesterday when 84 were registered. In total, 249,271 have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

After almost 100 days of confinement and six extensions of the state of alarm, Spain has reached the so-called new normal. Restrictions on mobility have been lifted and borders with the EU have been opened (except for Portugal, which will open on July 1).

The football season has resumed and Spain will reopen to all international tourism from July.

Monday 29 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has registered 12 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. Three new deaths have been reported today, with the official death toll now at 28,346. The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 84, a decrease compared to yesterday when 118 were registered. In total, 248,970 have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Sunday 28 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has registered 13 deaths from coronavirus in the last week.Two new deaths have been reported today, with the official death toll now at 28,343. The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 118, a decrease compared to yesterday when 191 were registered. In total, 248,770 have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Saturday 27 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has registered 13 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. Three new deaths have been reported today, with the official death toll now at 28,341. For a second day, the number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 191. In total, 248,469 have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Friday 26 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has registered 11 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. Eight new deaths have been reported today, with the official death toll now at 28,338. The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 191, an increase compared to yesterday when 157 were registered. In total, 247,905 people have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

When you return to the UK, you must follow the rules for entering. You:

  • need to provide your journey and contact details up to 48 hours before you are due to arrive in the UK;
  • are not allowed to leave the place you are staying for the first 14 days you are in the UK except in very limited situations (known as 'self-isolating').

The UK government is set to unveil 'air bridge' deals with other countries in time for quarantine rules to change next Monday. France, Spain, Italy and Greece are believed to have secured deals that will allow UK tourists to visit with insurance in place and not face 14-day isolation on their return.

In Catalonia, the government entrusts individuals with the responsibility to avoid contagion. The restrictions on capacity, both indoors and outdoors, no longer apply. The permitted capacity of each venue is subject only to the ability to guarantee a safety distance between people of 1.5 metres. This is equivalent to a ratio of 2.5 m² per person. The use of face masks is mandatory whenever the 1.5 metre distance cannot be ensured.

The football season has resumed and Spain will reopen to all international tourism from July.

Thursday 25 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has reported 11 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. Three new deaths have been reported today, with the official death toll now at 28,330. The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 157, a decrease compared to yesterday when 196 were registered. In total, 247,486 people have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

In Catalonia, the government entrusts individuals with the responsibility to avoid contagion. The capacity limits will continue until June 25 (50% for premises with only closed spaces and 70% for those with an outdoor terrace), but from that date customers will be entrusted to maintain safe distances. In outdoor events, the safety distance of 1.5 metres must be respected, although it can be lowered if a mask is used.

The football season has resumed and Spain will reopen to all international tourism from July.

Wednesday 24 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has reported 10 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. Two new deaths have been reported today, with the official death toll now at 28,327. The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 196, a large increase compared to yesterday when 108 were registered. It is the highest number of new infections since June 3, when 219 new cases were recorded. In total, 247,086 people have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Tuesday 23 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has reported 14 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. One new death has been reported today, with the official death toll now at 28,325. The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 108, a small decrease compared to yesterday when 125 were registered. In total, 246,752 people have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Monday 22 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has reported 21 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. One new death has been reported today, with the official death toll now at 28,324. The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 125, a small decrease compared to yesterday when 141 were registered. In total, 246,504 people have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Sunday 21 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has reported 29 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. One new death has been reported today, with the official death toll now at 28,323. The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 141, an increase compared to yesterday when 134 were registered. In total, 246,272 people have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Saturday 20 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has reported 36 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. Seven new deaths have been reported today, with the official death toll now at 28,322. The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 134, a decrease compared to yesterday when 154 were registered. In total, 245,938 people have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

The State of Alarm in Spain will be lifted from tomorrow, when free movement of the population will return, borders with all EU countries except Portugal will be reopened and the 14-day quarantine that Spain has imposed on foreign travellers arriving in the country will end. Borders with Portugal will reopen on July 1.

The interpersonal distance to avoid contagion by coronavirus will be fixed at 1.5 metres. Where it is not possible to preserve this safety distance, the use of masks will be mandatory. These measures will last for several months, or until there is a clear vaccine or therapy against the virus.

On Thursday, the Government approved Barcelona moving to phase 3 of the de-escalation process. In this phase, meetings of up to 20 people are allowed - always keeping safety distances - and the opening of bars or outdoor terraces of up to 75% of their capacity. In addition, all shops can now be opened - regardless of their surface area - to 50% of their capacity. Tourist recreation centres, zoos and aquariums can reopen, also to half their capacity. Cultural activities in libraries and museums and leisure activities for young people and children will now be allowed.

The football season has resumed and Spain will reopen to all international tourism from July.

Friday 19 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has reported 40 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. The Ministry has updated the total number of deaths and has raised the death toll from the pandemic to 28,315. An additional 1,177 deaths are now added to the 27,136 registered when the Ministry stopped updating the data on June 7. The delay was due to the wait for some autonomous communities to validate some deaths that occurred prior to May 11.

The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 154, an increase compared to yesterday when 143 were registered. In total, 245,575 people have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Thursday 18 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has reported 52 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. No new deaths have been reported today, with the total number of deaths remaining unchanged at 27,136. The total number of deaths has not been updated for 12 days after changes in the way the data is recorded. The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 143, an increase compared to yesterday when 141 were registered. In total, 245,268 people have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Wednesday 17 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has reported 30 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. No new deaths have been reported today, with the total number of deaths remaining unchanged at 27,136. The total number of deaths has not been updated for 24 days after changes in the way the data is recorded. The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 141, an increase compared to yesterday when 76 were registered. In total, 244,683 people have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Tuesday 16 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has reported 25 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. No new deaths have been reported today, with the total number of deaths remaining unchanged at 27,136. The total number of deaths has not been updated for 23 days after changes in the way the data is recorded. The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 76, an increase compared to yesterday when 40 were registered. In total, 244,328 people have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

The Government approved Barcelona and Madrid moving to phase 2 of the de-escalation process from last week. Phase 2 allows for the elimination of exercise time slots, the expansion of the number of people who can meet (from 10 to 15), visits to relatives in residences for the elderly and the opening of beaches and swimming pools. Half of Spain has already moved to phase 3.

Monday 15 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has reported 25 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. No new deaths have been reported today, with the total number of deaths remaining unchanged at 27,136. The total number of deaths has not been updated for 22 days after changes in the way the data is recorded. The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 40, a decrease compared to yesterday when 48 were registered. In total, 244,109 people have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Sunday 14 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has reported 26 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. No new deaths have been reported today, with the total number of deaths remaining unchanged at 27,136. The total number of deaths has not been updated for 20 days after changes in the way the data is recorded. The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 48, a decrease compared to yesterday when 130 were registered. In total, 243,928 people have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Saturday 13 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has reported 27 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. No new deaths have been reported today, with the total number of deaths remaining unchanged at 27,136. The total number of deaths has not been updated for 20 days after changes in the way the data is recorded. The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 130, a decrease compared to yesterday when 155 were registered. In total, 243,605 people have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Friday 12 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has reported 25 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. No new deaths have been reported today, with the total number of deaths remaining unchanged at 27,136. The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 155, a slight decrease compared to yesterday when 156 were registered. In total, 243,209 people have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Thursday 11 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has reported 32 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. No new deaths have been reported today, with the total number of deaths remaining unchanged at 27,136. The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 156, a slight decrease compared to yesterday when 167 were registered. In total, 242,707 people have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Wednesday 10 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has reported 40 deaths from coronavirus in the last week. No new deaths have been reported today, with the total number of deaths remaining unchanged at 27,136. The number of infections diagnosed by PCR in the last 24 hours is 167, a strong increase compared to yesterday when 84 were registered. In total, 242,280 people have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Tuesday 9 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has reported no deaths from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, with a total of 50 deaths in the last seven days. There has been an increase in the number of infected cases diagnosed by PCR, with 84 reported today. Since the beginning of the health crisis, 27,136 people have died and 241,966 have been infected.

Monday 8 June 2020

The number of cases of new coronavirus infections in Spain in the last 24 hours has decreased considerably with 48 registered today. There have been no deaths registered in the last 24 hours. Regarding the number of deaths in the last week, the decrease has also been notable: yesterday there were 72 deaths in the last 7 days and today, 56. Since the beginning of the health crisis, 27,136 people have died and 241,717 have been infected.

Sunday 7 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has again reported only one death from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, with a total of 72 deaths in the last seven days. There has been a further decrease in the number of infected cases diagnosed by PCR, with 102 reported today. Since the beginning of the health crisis, 27,136 people have died and 241,550 have been infected.

Saturday 6 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has again reported only one death from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, with a total of 67 deaths in the last seven days. There has been a further decrease in the number of infected cases diagnosed by PCR, with 164 reported today. Since the beginning of the health crisis, 27,135 people have died and 241,310 have been infected.

Friday 5 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has reported one deaths from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, with a total of 52 deaths in the last seven days. There has been a further decrease in the number of infected cases diagnosed by PCR with 177 reported today. Since the beginning of the health crisis, 27,134 people have died and 240,978 have been infected.

Thursday 4 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has reported 5 deaths from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, with a total of 56 deaths in the last seven days. There has been a decrease in the number of infected cases diagnosed by PCR with 195 reported today. Since the beginning of the health crisis, 27,133 people have died and 240,660 have been infected.

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

Wednesday 3 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has reported one death from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, with a total of 63 deaths in the last seven days. There has been an increase in the number of infected cases diagnosed by PCR with 219 reported today. Since the beginning of the health crisis, 27,128 people have died and 240,326 have been infected.

Tuesday 2 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has again reported no deaths from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, with a total of 34 deaths in the last seven days. There has been an increase in the number of infected cases diagnosed by PCR with 137 reported today. Since the beginning of the health crisis, 27,127 people have died and 239,932 have suffered from the disease.

Monday 1 June 2020

The Ministry of Health in Spain has reported no deaths from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, with a total of 35 deaths in the last seven days. There has been a further decrease in the number of infected cases diagnosed by PCR with 71 reported today. Since the beginning of the health crisis, 27,127 people have died and 239,638 have suffered from the disease.

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.

Thursday 30 April 2020

813 new positive cases of coronavirus have been reported today in Catalonia today. This brings the total number of infections to 55,137 - a 1.5% increase on yesterday.

55 more people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 5,952. 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 10,311 deceased.

There are 232,080 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 1,309 more than on Wednsday, a daily percentage increase of 0.6%.

There are 268 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total deaths to 24,543 - a daily percentage increase of 1.1%. This is the lowest number of deaths from coronavirus in one day since March 21.

The strict confinement of the population for 47 days is having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in a stabilisation phase.

Wednesday 29 April 2020

2,652 new positive cases of coronavirus have been reported today in Catalonia today. This brings the total number of infections to 54,324 - a 5.1% increase on yesterday.

62 more people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 5,897. This is a daily percentage increase of 1.1%. 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 10,211 deceased.

The numbers of deaths and infected by coronavirus in Spain have experienced a rebound this morning. There are 230,771 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 2,144 more than on Tuesday, a daily percentage increase of 0.9%.

There are 325 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total deaths to 24,275 - a daily percentage increase of 1.4%. The official total deaths for yesterday was 23,822 - 453 fewer deaths than the total reported today, and a small discrepancy in the continuity of the data.

The strict confinement of the population for 46 days is having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in a stabilisation phase.

Tuesday 28 April 2020

1,510 new positive cases of coronavirus have been reported today in Catalonia today. This brings the total number of infections to 51,672 - a 3.0% increase on yesterday.

66 more people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 5,835. This is a daily percentage increase of 1.1%. 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 10,073 deceased.

This morning, there are 228,627 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 1,308 more than on Monday, a daily percentage increase of 0.6%.

The total of deaths rises to 23,822 - 301 more than yesterday, a daily percentage increase of 1.3%.

On this second working day of the week, the number of coronoavirus deaths and new cases have dropped for the first time since the state of alarm was declared 6 weeks ago. Numbers usually rise after under-reporting over the weekend but these are the lowest Tuesday data recorded in 24 hours, both in absolute and relative terms.

The strict confinement of the population for 45 days is having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in a stabilisation phase.

Monday 27 April 2020

1,074 new positive cases of coronavirus have been reported today in Catalonia today. This brings the total number of infections to 50,162 - a 2.2% increase on yesterday.

84 more people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 5,769. This is a daily percentage increase of 1.5%. 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 9,923 deceased.

Spain reports its second consecutive day of lowest daily rate of increase of new coronavirus cases since the epidemic began. The strict confinement of the population for 44 days is having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in a stabilisation phase.

This morning, there are 227,319 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 1,831 more than on Sunday, a daily percentage increase of 0.8%.

The total of deaths rises to 23,521 - 331 more than yesterday, a daily percentage increase of 1.4%, and the second lowest daily rate of increase of coronavirus deaths.

As of Sunday 26 April, the Government only counts cases diagnosed by PCR, not positive antibody tests, leading to a loss of continuity in the records. PCR is an acronym for a process known as a polymerase chain reaction. It is the most reliable of the available tests, but has disadvantages in the complexity of the procedure and its duration. The nasopharyngeal samples taken from the patient are placed in thermocyclists in the laboratory that generate the necessary chemical reactions to determine whether there is a positive or not. These manoeuvres can only be performed by qualified personnel and can take up to four hours before obtaining results.

Sunday 26 April 2020

815 new positive cases of coronavirus have been reported today in Catalonia today. This brings the total number of infections to 49,088 - a 1.7% increase on yesterday.

72 more people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 5,685. This is a daily percentage increase of 1.3%. 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 9,764 deceased.

The daily rates of increase of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain have continued their downward trends. The strict confinement of the population for 43 days is having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in a stabilisation phase. This morning, there are 225,488 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 1,729 more than on Saturday, a daily percentage increase of 0.8%. The total of deaths rises to 23,190 - 288 more than yesterday, a daily percentage increase of 1.3%. This is the third consecutive day of lowest daily percentage increase in deaths since the epidemic began.

Saturday 25 April 2020

The government has announced that physical exercise will be allowed outside the home from May 2, after 48 days of strict confinement of the population. This will be dependent on a continued decline in the rate of new infections. This is the second relaxation of the lockdown, with children under the age of 14 years allowed to exercise under specific conditions from tomorrow. They are allowed a one-hour walk per day, accompanied by an adult, with a maximum of three children who live in the same house, within a kilometre radius of their home.

The President of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, has recommended that parents take their children on two scheduled walks according to age, to avoid crowds. Families with children up to 6 years of age go out from 11.00 to 13.00 and children from 6 to 14 leave from 16.00 to 18.00.

This evening, Catalonia has reported the lowest daily percentage rates of increase in new hospital positive cases and deaths since the start of the epidemic.

640 new positive cases of coronavirus have been reported today in Catalonia today. This brings the total number of infections to 48,273 - a 1.3% increase on yesterday.

55 more people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 5,613. 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 9,646 deceased.

The daily rates of increase of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain have continued their downward trends. The strict confinement of the population for 42 days is having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in a stabilisation phase. This morning, there are 223,759 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 3,995 more than on Friday, a daily percentage increase of 1.8%. The total of deaths rises to 22,902 - 378 more than yesterday, a daily percentage increase of 1.7%. This is the second consecutive day of lowest daily percentage increase in deaths since the epidemic began.

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. Last week, the European Commission 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 for another month, until May 15.

The effects of the Coronavirus in Spain: by age

Friday 24 April 2020

1,004 new cases have been reported today in Catalonia today. This brings the total number of infections to 47,633 - a 2.2% increase on yesterday.

162 more people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 5,558. This is a daily percentage increase of 3.0%. 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 9,492 deceased.

The daily rates of increase of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain have continued their downward trends, although there has been an uptick in new infections. The strict confinement of the population for 41 days is having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in a stabilisation phase. This morning, there are 219,764 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 6,740 more than on Thursday, a daily percentage increase of 3.2%. The total of deaths rises to 22,524 - 367 more than yesterday, a daily percentage increase of 1.7%. This is the lowest daily percentage increase in deaths since the epidemic began.

Thursday 23 April 2020

754 new cases have been reported today in Catalonia today. This brings the total number of infections to 46,629 - a 1.6% increase on yesterday.

111 more people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 5,396. This is a daily percentage increase of 2.1%. 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 9,186 deceased.

The daily rates of increase of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain have continued their downward trends. The strict confinement of the population for 40 days is having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in a stabilisation phase. This morning, there are 213,024 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 4,635 more than on Wednesday, a daily percentage increase of 2.2%. The total of deaths rises to 22,157 - 440 more than yesterday, a daily percentage increase of 2.0%.

Wednesday 22 April 2020

1,082 new cases have been reported today in Catalonia today. This brings the total number of infections to 45,875 - a 2.4% increase on yesterday.

205 more people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 5,285. This is a daily percentage increase of 4.0%. 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 9,050 deceased.

The daily rates of increase of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain have continued their downward trends. The strict confinement of the population for 39 days is having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in the slowdown phase. This morning, there are 208,389 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 4,211 more than on Tuesday, a daily percentage increase of 2.1%. The total of deaths rises to 21,717 - 435 more than yesterday, a daily percentage increase of 2.1%.

Tuesday 21 April 2020

1,098 new cases have been reported today in Catalonia today. This brings the total number of infections to 44,793 - a 2.5% increase on yesterday.

176 more people have died in hospital from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 5,080. This is a daily percentage increase of 3.6%. 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 data include non-hospital deaths and they report 404 coronavirus deaths in Catalonia today, bringing the total number to 8,845 deceased.

The daily rates of increase of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain have continued their downward trends. The strict confinement of the population for 38 days is having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in the slowdown phase. This morning, there are 204,178 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 3,968 more than on Monday, a daily percentage increase of 2.0%. The total of deaths rises to 21,282 - 430 more than yesterday, a daily percentage increase of 2.1%.

Monday 20 April 2020

1,085 new cases have been reported today in Catalonia today. This brings the total number of infections to 43,695 - a 2.5% increase on yesterday.

168 more people have died from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 4,904. This is a daily percentage increase of 3.7%. The data for hospital deaths include positively diagnosed and suspected cases. Data for deaths in Catalonia are now based on funeral services, rather than hospital reporting, leading to loss of continuity in the records. A total of 8,441 people have died from coronavirus in Catalonia according to the funeral services.

The daily rates of increase of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain have continued their downward trends, with the lowest rate of increase of deaths since the epidemic began. The strict confinement of the population for 37 days is having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in the slowdown phase. This morning, there are 200,210 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 4,266 more than on Sunday, a daily percentage increase of 2.2%. The total of deaths rises to 20,852 - 399 more than yesterday, a daily percentage increase of 1.95%.

Sunday 19 April 2020

618 new cases have been reported today in Catalonia today. This brings the total number of infections to 42,610, a 1.5% increase on yesterday.

206 more people have died from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 4,515. This is a daily percentage increase of 4.8%. The data for hospital deaths include positively diagnosed and suspected cases. Data for deaths in Catalonia are now based on funeral services, rather than hospital reporting, leading to loss of continuity in the records. A total of 8,273 people have died from coronavirus in Catalonia according to the funeral services.

The daily rates of increase of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain have continued their downward trends, with the lowest rate of increase of deaths since the epidemic began. The strict confinement of the population for 36 days is having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in the slowdown phase. This morning, there are 195,944 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 4,218 more than on Saturday, a daily percentage increase of 2.2%. The total of deaths rises to 20,453, 410 more than yesterday, a daily percentage increase of 2.0%.

Saturday 18 April 2020

1,004 new cases have been reported today in Catalonia today. This brings the total number of infections to 41,992, a 2.4% increase on yesterday.

186 more people have died from coronavirus in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 4,309. This is a daily percentage increase of 4.5%. The data for hospital deaths include positively diagnosed and suspected cases. Data for deaths in Catalonia are now based on funeral services, rather than hospital reporting, leading to loss of continuity in the records. A total of 8,067 people have died from coronavirus in Catalonia according to the funeral services.

The daily rates of increase of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain have continued their downward trends. The strict confinement of the population for 35 days is having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in the slowdown phase. This morning, there are 191,726 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 3,658 more than on Friday, an increase of 1.9%. The total of deaths rises to 20,043, 565 more than yesterday, an increase of 2.9%.

The rate of growth of new coronavirus infections was 47.3% on March 14, the day the lockdown was put in place and has gone as high as 200% during the crisis. Reducing the rate of infection is key to beating the virus, because each day of increases compounds on the number of cases the day before. That means a 40% increase in cases early on in the outbreak may only equal a few hundred more people getting sick, but the same percentage increase later on can correspond to tens of thousands of people getting sick in one go. A rapid increase would lead to the healthcare system becoming overwhelmed, which in turn would increase the rate at which people die as key equipment such as ventilators runs out. In addition, there would be many collateral deaths due to other illnesses that cannot be dealt with in time.

The numbers reported represent only the more serious infection cases as people with mild symptoms are requested to self-isolate at home, without the need to call health assistance or be tested. A study published on 16 March in Science Magazine[1], has found that until Wuhan's forced isolation, 86% of all infections were not being detected, and each undetected person spread the disease to 2.3 other people on average.

Friday 17 April 2020

Catalonia is in day 34 of the strict confinement of its population. 1,252 new cases have been reported today. This brings the total number of infections to 40,988, a 3.2% increase on yesterday.

67 more people have died in hospital in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 4,123. This is a daily percentage increase of 1.7%, the lowest since the epidemic began. The data for hospital deaths include positively diagnosed and suspected cases. 238 people have died in nursing homes, health centres or at home, bringing the total number of deaths from coronavirus in Catalonia to 7,881.

The numbers of new coronavirus infections and deaths have risen slightly in Spain today, but the rates of increase have continued their downward trends. The strict confinement of the population for 34 days is having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in the slowdown phase. This morning, there are 188,068 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 5,252 more than on Thursday, an increase of 2.9%. The total of deaths rises to 19,478, 585 more than yesterday, an increase of 3.1%. The data for deaths does not match yesterday's reporting as Catalonia made changes that interrupt the continuity of results.

The Government has ordered the autonomous communities to base their total number of coronavirus deaths on clinical diagnosis or positive antibody tests. The order was published after the controversy created by the count carried out in Catalonia, which incorporated data from the funeral homes in the region.

Thursday 16 April 2020

Catalonia is in day 33 of the strict confinement of its population and has reported a very steep fall in new coronavirus infections. 361 new cases have been reported today, a decrease on the 2,870 reported yesterday, and the lowest daily increase since March 15. This brings the total number of infections to 39,736, a 0.9% increase on yesterday.

201 more people have died in hospital in the last hours, bringing the hospital death toll to 4,056. This is a daily percentage increase of 5.2%. This increase in hospital deaths should be treated with caution as for the first time the data include both positively diagnosed and suspected cases.

The reported death toll including funeral services data rises to 7,576. The Catalan government has broken ranks with the other Spanish government and other autonomous communities and from today is including data provided by the Catalan funeral homes in its total deaths. The funeral homes data include those that have died in nursing homes, social health centres and private homes, without being tested positive for Covid-19.

The number of new coronavirus infections and deaths have risen slightly in Spain today, but the rates of increase have continued their downward trends. The strict confinement of the population for 33 days is having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in the slowdown phase. This morning, there are 182,816 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 5,183 more than on Wednesday, an increase of 2.9%. The total of deceased rises to 19,130, 551 more than yesterday, an increase of 3.0%.

The official data for the number of coronavirus deaths only include those who died in hospital after previously testing positive for Covid-19 or with a clinical diagnosis of the disease.

Fernando Belda, spokesperson for the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), has found the "first signs of correlation" between temperature and the spread of the disease in Spain. "We are seeing a pattern: the lower the temperature, the greater the damage," he explains. However, the historical background and what is happening in other countries suggest that the summer will not be enough to stop the pandemic. "You have to be very cautious, because the humidity and temperature conditions vary greatly from one geographical area to another and there are many other factors that influence the transmission and spread of the new virus," warns epidemiologist Cristina Linares, co-author of the investigations. "But there is a statistical correlation."

Wednesday 15 April 2020

Catalonia is in day 32 of the strict confinement of its population but has a second consecutive day of steep upturn in new coronavirus infections. The upturns are related to the many more people without symptoms who have been tested using the rapid test for antibodies distributed from April 5. These allow the detection of people with mild symptoms or without symptoms, who until now, due to the lack of tests, have not been identified. 2,870 new cases have been reported, an increase on the 1,562 reported yesterday, and the highest daily increase since the epidemic began. This brings the total number of infections to 39,375, a 7.9% increase on yesterday.

99 more people have died in hospital in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 3,855. This is a daily percentage increase of 2.6%.

New calculations from the Department of Health include data provided by Catalan funeral services. This almost doubles the death toll: 7,097 deceased. This new data shows 1,810 have died in nursing homes, 62 in social health centres and 456 in private homes. The remaining cases correspond to deaths in hospitals or those that are unclassifiable due to lack of information.

There are a total of 55,457 possible cases of infection, with people who present symptoms to a health professional, but who have not been tested.

The number of detected infections have risen sharply in Spain today, but deaths continue to fall. The rates of increase of new coronavirus infections and deaths have continued their downward trends. The 32 days of strict confinement of the population are having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in the slowdown phase. This morning, there are 177,633 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 5,092 more than on Tuesday, an increase of 3.0%. The total of deceased rises to 18,579, 523 more than yesterday, an increase of 2.9%.

Tuesday 14 April 2020

The rates of growth of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Catalonia have maintained their downward trends this evening, despite an upturn in new infections, related to delayed reporting over Easter. 1,308 new coronavirus infections have been reported, an increase on the 471 reported yesterday. This brings the total number of infections to 36,505, a 3.7% increase on yesterday. In Catalonia, 90 more people have died in hospital in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 3,756. This is a daily percentage increase of 2.5%.

The rates of increase of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain have continued their downward trends today. The thirtyone days of strict confinement of the population are having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in the slowdown phase. This morning, there are 172,541 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 3,045 more than on Monday, an increase of 1.8%. This is the third consecutive day with the lowest daily rate of increase in new coronavirus infections since the start of the epidemic. The total of deceased rises to 18,056, 567 more than yesterday, an increase of 3.2%.

Spain is beginning to ease strict lockdown measures that have brought its economy to a standstill. People in manufacturing, construction and some services are allowed to return to work, but must stick to strict social distancing guidelines. The rest of the population must still remain at home. Up to 10 million face masks are being distributed to people using public transport and out shopping.

Monday 13 April 2020

The rates of growth of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Catalonia have maintained their downward trends this evening. 471 new coronavirus infections have been reported, a decrease on the 699 reported yesterday. This brings the total number of infections to 35,197, a 1.4% increase on yesterday, and the lowest daily percentage increase so far. In Catalonia, 128 more people have died in hospital in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 3,666. This is a daily percentage increase of 3.6%. These data do not include the 73 who have died in nursing homes today. The accumulated total of deaths in Catalan nursing homes rises to 1,898 with a further 3,920 residents infected.

Spain is beginning to ease strict lockdown measures that have brought its economy to a standstill. People in manufacturing, construction and some services are allowed to return to work today, but must stick to strict social distancing guidelines. The rest of the population must still remain at home.

The rates of increase of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain have continued their downward trends today. The thirty days of strict confinement of the population are having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in the slowdown phase. This morning, there are 169,496 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 3,477 more than on Saturday, an increase of 2.1%. This is the second consecutive day with the lowest daily rate of increase in new coronavirus infections since the start of the epidemic. The total of deceased rises to 17,489, 517 more than yesterday, an increase of 3.0%. This is the lowest daily percentage increase in deaths so far.

Sunday 12 April 2020

The rates of growth of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Catalonia have maintained their downward trends this evening. 699 new coronavirus infections have been reported, a decrease on the 1,043 reported yesterday. This brings the total number of infections to 34,726, a 2.1% increase on yesterday, and the lowest daily percentage increase so far. In Catalonia, 96 more people have died in hospital in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 3,538. This is a daily percentage increase of 2.8%. These data do not include the 162 who have died in nursing homes today. The accumulated total of deaths in Catalan nursing homes rises to 1,825 with a further 3,659 residents infected.

The rates of increase of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain have continued their downward trends today. The twentynine days of strict confinement of the population are having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in the slowdown phase. This morning, there are 166,019 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 4,167 more than on Saturday, an increase of 2.6%. This is the lowest daily rate of increase in new coronavirus infections since the start of the epidemic. The total of deceased rises to 16,972, 619 more than yesterday, an increase of 3.8%. This is the second lowest daily percentage increase in deaths so far.

Saturday 11 April 2020

The rates of growth of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Catalonia have maintained their downward trends this evening. 1,043 new coronavirus infections have been reported, a decrease on the 1,257 reported yesterday. This brings the total number of infections to 34,027, a 3.2% increase on yesterday. In Catalonia, 111 more people have died in hospital in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 3,442. This is a daily percentage increase of 3.3%. These data do not include the 96 who have died in nursing homes today. The accumulated total of deaths in Catalan nursing homes rises to 1,663 with a further 3,375 residents infected.

The rates of increase of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain have continued their downward trends today. The twentyeight days of strict confinement of the population are having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in the slowdown phase. This morning, there are 161,852 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 4,830 more than on Friday, an increase of 3.1%. The total of deceased rises to 16,353, 510 more than yesterday, an increase of 3.2%. This is the lowest number of fatalities in one day since March 23 and the lowest daily percentage increase in deaths so far.

Friday 10 April 2020

The rates of growth of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Catalonia have upturned, but have still maintained their downward trends this evening. 1,257 new coronavirus infections have been reported, a significant increase on the 684 reported yesterday. This brings the total number of infections to 32,984, a 4.0% increase on yesterday. In Catalonia, 100 more people have died in hospital in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 3,331. This is a daily percentage increase of 3.1%. These data do not include the 160 who have died in nursing homes today.

The rates of increase of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain have continued their fall today. The twentyseven days of strict confinement of the population are having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in the slowdown phase. This morning, there are 157,022 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 4,576 more than on Thursday, an increase of 3.0%. This is the lowest daily percentage rate of increase in new infections since the epidemic began. The total of deceased rises to 15,843, 605 more than yesterday, an increase of 4.0%. This is the lowest number of fatalities in one day since March 24 and the lowest daily percentage increase in deaths so far.

Thursday 9 April 2020

The rates of growth of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Catalonia have maintained their downward trends this evening, setting new records of decline. 684 new coronavirus infections have been reported, bringing the total number to 31,727, a 2.2% increase on yesterday. This is the lowest daily percentage increase in new cases since the start of the epidemic and the lowest number of new cases in one day since March 21. In Catalonia, 83 more people have died in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 3,231. This is a daily percentage increase of 2.6%, the smallest increase since the epidemic began and the lowest number of deaths in one day since March 22.

The rates of increase of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain have continued their fall today. The twentysix days of strict confinement of the population are having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in the slowdown phase. This morning, there are 152,446 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 5,756 more than on Wednesday, an increase of 3.9%. This is the second lowest daily percentage rate of increase in new infections since the epidemic began. The total of deceased rises to 15,238, 683 more than yesterday, an increase of 4.7%. This is the lowest daily percentage increase in deaths so far.

Wednesday 8 April 2020

The rates of growth of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Catalonia have maintained their downward trends this evening. There has been a small rise in the number of new infections, but the daily percentage rate of growth has remained constant. 1,396 new coronavirus infections have been reported, bringing the total number to 31,043, a 4.7% increase on yesterday. In Catalonia, 107 more people have died in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 3,148. This is an daily percentage increase of 3.5% and the smallest increase since the epidemic began. Since March 15, 37% of all coronavirus deaths in Catalonia (1,178 people) have occurred in nursing homes. As of yesterday, 94% of the 3,041 people who have died from the coronavirus in Catalonia were over 60 years old and 67% were over 80 years old.

The rate of daily increase of new coronavirus infections in Spain has upturned again today (+0.3%), with deaths declining (-0.2%). The overall trend in the growth of new infections and deaths remains downwards. The twentyfive days of strict confinement of the population are having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has passed and the epidemic is in the slowdown phase. This morning, there are 146,690 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 6,180 more than on Tuesday, an increase of 4.4%. This is the third lowest daily percentage rate of increase in new infections since the epidemic began. The total of deceased rises to 14,555, 757 more than yesterday, an increase of 5.5%. This is the second lowest daily percentage increase in deaths so far.

Salvador Illa, the Minister of Health, reports this morning that: "according to the data updated this morning, the number of infected continues to decline with an increase today of 4%. A week ago the average increase was 7%. Two weeks ago, 15%. The increase in ICU admissions is 3%. One week ago it was 6% and two weeks ago it was 16%. Those who have died has increased by 5% today. Last week it was 9%. The people discharged from hospital are 11% more than yesterday. When we talk about deceased people, I regret to say that there are no good data."

The WHO, through its deputy director general, Bruce Aylward, has described as "heroic and innovative" the work carried out by Spain and its containment measures. Besides praising the work of the health professionals, he also highlights: "the amazing response from the population. The streets in Madrid and Barcelona, which are cities with a lot of activity, are empty, the stores remain closed ... there is a strong collaboration from the population, who have understood that you have to stay home to stop the outbreak."

Tuesday 7 April 2020

The rates of growth of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Catalonia have maintained their downward trends this evening. There has been a fall in the number of new infections. 1,324 new coronavirus infections have been reported, bringing the total number to 29,647, a 4.7% increase on yesterday. In Catalonia, 133 more people have died in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 3,041. This is an increase of 4.6% from yesterday.

The rates of increase of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain have upturned today, after 5 days of falls. The data must be viewed with caution due to the under-reporting that occurs on weekends and most Tuesdays see a correction with accumulated data. The twentyfour days of strict confinement of the population are having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has been reached and the epidemic is in the slowdown phase. This morning, there are 140,510 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 5,478 more than on Monday, an increase of 4.1%. The total of deceased rises to 13,798, 743 more than yesterday, an increase of 5.7%.

Monday 6 April 2020

The rates of growth of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Catalonia have reversed their downward trends this evening. There has been a steep rise in the number of new infections. 1,499 new coronavirus infections have been reported, bringing the total number to 28,323, a 5.6% increase on yesterday. In Catalonia, 148 more people have died in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 2,908. This is an increase of 5.4% from yesterday.

Between Sunday night and Monday, 205 elderly people who lived in Catalan nursing homes have died from the coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths in nursing homes to 909 people, according to data released by the Conselleria d'Afers Socials this Monday. Deaths in nursing homes have accounted for 31.3% of the 2,908 victims so far in Catalonia. Under normal circumstances, 30 people die every day in Catalan nursing homes. Over half (56%) of the 634 Catalan nursing homes have people who have tested positive for coronavirus or who have coronavirus symptoms.

The rates of increase of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain have continued their fall today. The twentythree days of strict confinement of the population are having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has been reached and the epidemic is in the slowdown phase. This morning, there are 135,032 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 4,273 more than on Sunday, an increase of 3.3%. This is the lowest daily percentage rate of increase in new infections so far, and the fifth consecutive day with the slowest rate of growth since the epidemic began. The total of deceased rises to 13,055, 673 more than yesterday, an increase of 5.4%. This is also the lowest percentage increase so far and the fifth consecutive day of lowest daily percentage increase in deaths since the epidemic began. The data must be viewed with caution due to the under-reporting that occurs on weekends.

Sunday 5 April 2020

The rates of growth of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Catalonia have maintained their downward trends this evening, and the epidemic in Catalonia is in the slowdown phase. There has been a steep fall in the number of new infections. 792 new coronavirus infections have been reported, bringing the total number to 26,824, a 3% increase on yesterday, and the lowest daily percentage increase since the start of the epidemic. In Catalonia, 123 more people have died in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 2,760. This is an increase of 4.7% from yesterday and the lowest daily percentage increase so far.

The rates of increase of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain have continued their fall today. The twentytwo days of strict confinement of the population are having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has been reached and the epidemic is in the slowdown phase. This morning, there are 130,759 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 6,023 more than on Saturday, an increase of 4.8%. This is the lowest daily percentage rate of increase in new infections so far, and the fourth consecutive day with the slowest rate of growth since the epidemic began. The total of deceased rises to 12,418, 674 more than yesterday, an increase of 5.7%. This is also the lowest percentage increase so far and the fourth consecutive day of lowest daily percentage increase in deaths since the epidemic began. These data are conditioned by the tendency to under-report at weekends.

Saturday 4 April 2020

The rates of growth of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Catalonia have maintained their downward trends this evening, and the epidemic in Catalonia is in the slowdown phase. 1,298 new coronavirus infections have been reported, bringing the total number to 26,032, a 5.2% increase on yesterday, and the lowest daily percentage increase since the start of the epidemic. In Catalonia, 129 more people have died in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 2,637. This is an increase of 5.1% from yesterday and the lowest daily percentage increase so far.

The Government of Spain has extended the state of alarm for another two weeks, until April 26.

The rates of increase of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain have fallen significantly today. The twentyone days of strict confinement of the population are having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has been reached and the epidemic is in the slowdown phase. This morning, there are 124,736 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 7,026 more than on Friday, an increase of 6.0%. This is the third consecutive day with the slowest rate of growth since the epidemic began. The total of deceased rises to 11,744, 809 more than yesterday, an increase of 7.4%. This is the third consecutive day of lowest daily percentage increase in deaths since the epidemic began.

The fall in the rate of increase of patients requiring hospital admission has been particularly strong. 975 people have required hospitalisation for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, less than half that of any other day so far recorded.

Spanish Government calculations at the start of the state of alarm indicated active cases of coronavirus would slow their exponential rise at this time.

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

The Spanish Government has decided to extend the state of alarm for 15 days. With this measure, Spain will remain on lockdown throughout Easter until April 11. Spain will also restrict entry for most foreigners at air and sea ports until April 16.

Friday 3 April 2020

The rates of growth of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Catalonia have maintained their downward trends this evening, and the epidemic in Catalonia is in a slowdown phase. 1,274 new coronavirus infections have been reported, bringing the total number to 24,734, a 5.4% increase on yesterday, and the second lowest daily increase since the start of the epidemic. In Catalonia, 173 more people have died in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 2,508. This is an increase of 7.4% from yesterday and the lowest daily percentage increase so far.

The rates of increase of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Spain have continued their downward trends today. The twenty days of strict confinement of the population are having the desired mitigation effect, the peak of the curve has been reached and the epidemic has entered a slowdown phase. This morning, there are 117,710 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 7,472 more than on Thursday, an increase of 6.8%. This is the second consecutive day with the slowest rate of growth since the epidemic began. The number of deceased rises to 10,935, 932 more than yesterday, an increase of 9.3%. This is the second consecutive day of lowest daily percentage increase in deaths since the epidemic began.

Thursday 2 April 2020

The rates of growth of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Catalonia have maintained their downward trends today. 1,656 new coronavirus infections have been reported, making 23,460 in total, a 7.6% increase on yesterday. In Catalonia, 242 more people have died in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 2,335. This is an increase of 11.6% from yesterday.

The rate of growth of new coronavirus infections in Spain has continued its downward trend today. The nineteen days of strict confinement of the population are having the desired mitigation effect and the epidemic has entered a stabilisation phase. This morning, there are 110,238 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 8,102 more than on Wednesday, an increase of 7.9%. This is the slowest rate of growth since the epidemic began. The number of deceased rises to 10,003, 950 more than yesterday, an increase of 10.5%. This is the lowest daily percentage increase in deaths since the epidemic began.

Wednesday 1 April 2020

The rates of growth of new coronavirus infections and deaths in Catalonia have maintained their downward trends, despite upticks today. 1,813 new coronavirus infections have been reported, making 21,804 in total, a 9.1% increase on yesterday. In Catalonia, 244 more people have died in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 2,093. This is an increase of 13.2% from yesterday.

The rate of growth of new coronavirus infections in Spain has continued its downward trend today. The eighteen days of strict confinement of the population are having the desired mitigation effect and the epidemic has entered a stabilisation phase. This morning, there are 102,136 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 7,719 more than on Tuesday, an increase of 8.2%. The number of deceased rises to 9,053, 864 more than yesterday, an increase of 10.55%. This is the lowest daily percentage increase in deaths since the epidemic began. Fernando Simón, the head of Spain's centre for health emergencies, believes the country has already passed the peak of the curve. More than 22,500 people have recovered and more than 51,000 have required hospitalisation. Almost 5,900 have required intensive care, an increase of 5% compared to Tuesday. The transmission curve is not at the same point in all autonomous communities. Data for Catalonia (see below) indicates the peak was probably reached on March 23, with the rate of growth of new infections declining each day until upticks on March 29-30 related to delayed reporting.

Tuesday 31 March 2020

The rate of growth of new coronavirus infections in Catalonia has maintained its downward trend today, after an uptick in new coronavirus infections that followed delays in reporting over the weekend. 1,218 new coronavirus infections have been reported, making 19,991 in total, a 6.5% increase on yesterday. This is the second lowest daily percentage increase in new infections since the epidemic began. In Catalonia, 177 more people have died in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 1,849. This is an increase of 10.6% from yesterday and the lowest daily percentage increase in deaths since the epidemic began.

The rate of growth of new coronavirus infections in Spain has continued its downward trend despite an uptick today, suggesting the seventeen days of strict confinement of the population are having the desired mitigation effect and the epidemic has entered a stabilisation phase. This morning, there are 94,417 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 9,222 more than on Monday, an increase of 10.8%. The number of deceased rises to 8,189, 849 more than yesterday, an increase of 11.6%. This is the lowest daily percentage increase in deaths since the epidemic began. Fernando Simón, the head of Spain's centre for health emergencies, believes the country is getting close to the peak of the curve, with some regions already passed it. Data for Catalonia (see below) indicates the peak was probably reached on March 23, with the rate of growth of new infections declining each day until upticks on March 29-30.

Monday 30 March 2020

After several days of a downward trend, the rate of growth of new coronavirus infections in Catalonia has increased for a second day. 2,616 new coronavirus infections have been reported, making 18,773 in total, a 16.2% increase on yesterday. In Catalonia, 262 more people have died in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 1,672. This is an increase of 18.6% from yesterday.

The rate of growth of new coronavirus infections in Spain has continued to slow today, suggesting the sixteen days of strict confinement of the population are having the desired mitigation effect and the epidemic has entered a stabilisation phase. This morning, there are 85,195 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 6,398 more than on Sunday, an increase of 8.1% and the lowest percentage increase in 18 days. The number of deceased rises to 7,340, 812 more than yesterday, an increase of 12.4%. This is the lowest daily percentage increase in deaths since the epidemic began. Fernando Simón, the head of Spain's centre for health emergencies, believes the country is getting close to the peak of the curve, with some regions already passed it. Data for Catalonia (see below) indicates the peak was probably reached on March 23, with the rate of growth of new infections declining each day until an uptick on March 29.

Sunday 29 March 2020

The rate of growth of new coronavirus infections in Catalonia has maintained its downward trend, despite an uptick in new coronavirus infections today. 1,131 new coronavirus infections have been reported, making 16,157 in total, a 7.5% increase on yesterday. In Catalonia, 184 more people have died in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 1,410. This is an increase of 15% from yesterday.

The rate of growth of new coronavirus infections in Spain has continued to slow today, suggesting the fifteen days of strict confinement of the population is beginning to have the desired mitigation effect. This morning, there are 78,797 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 6,549 more than on Saturday, an increase of 9.1% and the lowest percentage increase in 17 days. The number of deceased rises to 6,528, 838 more than yesterday, an increase of 14.7%. This is the highest daily increase in actual fatalities so far, but is also the lowest daily percentage increase in deaths since the epidemic began. Fernando Simón, the head of Spain's centre for health emergencies, believes the country is getting close to the peak of the curve, with some regions already passed it. Data for Catalonia (see above) indicates the peak was probably reached on March 23, with the rate of growth of new infections declining each day until an uptick on March 29.

Saturday 28 March 2020

The rate of growth of new coronavirus infections in Catalonia has slowed for a fifth day in a row, suggesting the fourteen days of strict confinement of the population are having the desired mitigation effect. 763 new coronavirus infections have been reported in Catalonia today, making 15,026 in total, a 5.3% increase on yesterday. On Friday, the increase in new reported infections was 10%, Thursday 12%, Wednesday 17%, Tuesday 26% and Monday, 33%. In Catalonia, 156 more people have died in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 1,226. This is an increase of 14.6% from yesterday.

The Prime Minister of Spain has announced the total limitation of movements of the 47 million Spaniards except those who work in essential activities, from Monday, March 30 to Thursday, April 9, inclusive. All workers of non-essential activities must stay at home during this period. These workers will continue to receive their wages as normal and will have to make up their lost hours at a later date.

The rate of growth of new coronavirus infections in Spain has continued to slow today, suggesting the fourteen days of strict confinement of the population is beginning to have the desired mitigation effect. This morning, there are 72,248 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 8,189 more than on Friday, an increase of 12.8% and the lowest percentage increase in 16 days. The number of deceased rises to 5,690, 832 more than yesterday, an increase of 17.1%.

Friday 27 March 2020

The rate of growth of new coronavirus infections in Catalonia has slowed for a fourth day in a row, suggesting the thirteen days of strict confinement of the population is beginning to have the desired mitigation effect. 1,323 new coronavirus infections have been reported in Catalonia today, making 14,263 in total, a 10% increase on yesterday. On Thursday, the increase in new reported infections was 12%, Wednesday 17%,Tuesday 26% and Monday, 33%. In Catalonia, 190 more people have died in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 1,070. This is an increase of 21.6% from yesterday.

The rate of growth of new coronavirus infections in Spain has slowed today. This morning, there are 64,059 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 7,871 more than on Thursday, an increase of 14% and the lowest percentage increase in 15 days. The number of deceased rises to 4,858, 769 more than yesterday, an increase of 19%.

Today is the thirteenth day of confinement. Spanish Government calculations at the start of the state of alarm indicated active cases of coronavirus would slow their exponential rise in one more day, approximately.

Thursday 26 March 2020

The rate of growth of new coronavirus infections In Catalonia has slowed for a third day in a row, suggesting the twelve days of strict confinement of the population may be beginning to have the desired mitigation effect. 1,348 new coronavirus infections have been reported in Catalonia today, making 12,940 in total, a 12% increase on yesterday. On Wednesday, the increase in new reported infections was 17%, Tuesday 26% and Monday, 33%. In Catalonia, 208 more people have died in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 880. This is an increase of 31% from yesterday.

The Minister of Health suggests that the coronavirus data for Spain of the last few days indicates a change in trend as the rate of deaths slows. The epidemic may be about to enter a 'stabilization phase' as predicted at the start of the state of alarm on 14 March.

This morning, there are 56,188 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 8,578 more than on Wednesday, an increase of 18%. The number of deceased rises to 4,089, 655 more than yesterday, an increase of 19%.

Wednesday 25 March 2020

The rate of growth of new coronavirus infections In Catalonia has slowed for the second day in a row. 1,655 new coronavirus infections have been reported in Catalonia today, making 11,592 in total, a 17% increase on yesterday. On Tuesday the increase in new reported infections was 26% and Monday, 33%. In Catalonia, 156 more people have died in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 672. This is an increase of 30% from yesterday.

This morning, there are 47,610 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 7,937 more than on Tuesday, an increase of 20%. The number of deceased rises to 3,434, 738 more than yesterday, an increase of 27%.

There are approximately 5,400 health workers in Spain with covid-19, almost 14% of the total found to be infected. This is a higher percentage than other countries such as Italy (8%) or China (4%).

Tuesday 24 March 2020

In Catalonia, 177 more people have died in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 516. This is an increase of 52% from yesterday. 2,073 new coronavirus infections have been reported in Catalonia today, making 9,937 in total, a 26% increase on yesterday.

This morning, there are 39,673 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 6,584 more than on Monday, an increase of 20%. The number of deceased rises to 2,696, 514 more than yesterday, an increase of 23.6%.

Monday 23 March 2020

In Catalonia, 94 more people have died in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 339. This is an increase of 38% from yesterday. 1,939 new coronavirus infections have been reported in Catalonia today, making 7,864 in total, a 33% increase on yesterday.

This morning, there are 33,089 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 4,517 more than on Sunday, an increase of 16%. The number of deceased rises to 2,182, 462 more than yesterday, an increase of 27%.

Sunday 22 March 2020

54 more people have died in Catalonia in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 245. This is an increase of 28% from yesterday. 1,221 new coronavirus infections have been reported in Catalonia today, making 5,925 cases in total, a 26% increase on yesterday.

This morning, there are 28,572 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 3,646 more than on Saturday evening, an increase of 15%. The number of deceased rises to 1,720, 369 more than yesterday evening, an increase of 27%.

Saturday 21 March 2020

69 more people have died in Catalonia in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 191. This is an increase of 56.5% from yesterday. 501 new coronavirus infections have been reported in Catalonia today, making 4,704 cases in total, a 12% increase on yesterday.

This evening, there are 24,926 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 3,598 more than on Friday, an increase of 17%. The number of deceased rises to 1,351, 260 more than yesterday, an increase of 24%.

Friday 20 March 2020

A 'travel authorisation' that details the reason for your journey outside of your home will assist at police checks from Monday. It is not mandatory.

40 more people have died in Catalonia in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 122. This is an increase of 49% from yesterday. 933 new coronavirus infections have been reported in Catalonia today, making 4,203 cases in total, a 28% increase on yesterday.

This evening, there are 21,328 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 3,254 more than on Thursday, an increase of 18%. The number of deceased rises to 1,091, 259 more than yesterday, an increase of 31%.

Fernando Simón, director of the Ministry's Health Emergency Coordination Centre, has warned that "the data is very likely to underestimate reality."

Spanish Government calculations indicate active cases of coronavirus will stop rising in about 8 days, when the number of patients discharged exceed new cases reported.

The origin of the Igualada outbreak has been identified by health authorities as a meal on February 28 attended by more than 80 people, many of them health professionals from the Igualada hospital. There was contamination by one person, creating two branches of the outbreak: a group of people infected within the hospital and another outside, of community expansion. The nurse identified as the hospital contaminator denies she attended the meal. David Roncero Carrera, an emergency doctor at Igualada hospital, believes the outbreak was probably caused by a patient admitted with coronavirus without being diagnosed. The nurse was most likely infected in the hospital, given that she had not recently travelled.

Thursday 19 March 2020

27 more people have died in Catalonia in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 82. This is an increase of 49% from yesterday. 568 new coronavirus infections have been reported in Catalonia today, making 3,270 cases in total, a 21% increase on yesterday.

This evening, there are 18,074 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 3,396 more than on Wednesday, an increase of 23%. The number of deceased rises to 832, 91 more than yesterday, an increase of 12%.

The Spanish Government has introduced a modification to the state of alarm movement restrictions. From now on, an adult can go to the supermarket or pharmacy with children as long as they are the only ones in their care. They can also accompany the elderly to the doctor if the same case applies.

The effects of the restrictions on mobility are dramatic. Travel by air has reduced by 50%, the inter-city railways are at 2% of their occupancy and the suburban lines at 15%. On the roads, traffic is down 89%. Supermarkets are very well stocked but with very few customers, streets are empty and police patrols with load hailers instruct people to stay at home. Fines are issued to those outside without a valid reason under the state of alarm regulations. Shopping receipts and work contracts are asked for as evidence at police checks.

Wednesday 18 March 2020

14 more people have died in Catalonia in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 55. This is an increase of 34% from yesterday. 836 new coronavirus infections have been reported in Catalonia today, making 2,702 cases in total, a 45% increase on yesterday.

This evening, there are 14,678 people reported infected in the whole of Spain, 3,500 more than on Tuesday, an increase of 31%. The number of deceased rises to 741, 250 more than yesterday, an increase of 51%.

The Spanish government has confirmed that all hotels will close in Spain from Tuesday, March 24.

Tuesday 17 March 2020

The European Union has closed its external borders for 30 days and prohibits entry to citizens of third countries except in exceptional circumstances. All Spanish tourists abroad have been advised to return as soon as possible while air connections are still open.

23 more people have died in Catalonia in the last hours, bringing the death toll to 41. This is an increase of 127% from yesterday. 472 new coronavirus infections have been reported in Catalonia today, making 1,866 cases in total, a 34% increase on yesterday.

Today, there are 11,178 people infected in the whole of Spain, 1,987 more than on Monday, an increase of 22%. The number of deceased amounts to 491, 157 more than yesterday, an increase of 47%.

The UK Government advises British nationals against all but essential international travel for the next 30 days.

Monday 16 March 2020

This evening, the French President, Emmanuel Macron has confirmed the closure of the EU and the Schengen area: "We have made a common decision among Europeans: from tomorrow at noon, the borders to enter the EU and the Schengen area will be closed. All travel between European countries and the EU will be suspended."

Earlier this afternoon, Spain announced the closure of its borders, so that from this midnight only Spanish citizens or residents, non-Spaniards who allege causes of force majeure and goods in order to guarantee supplies can enter the national territory by land.

Six more people have died in Catalonia, 5 of them related to the Igualada outbreak, bringing the death toll to 18. This is an increase of 50% from yesterday. 491 new coronavirus infections have been reported in Catalonia today, making 1,394 cases in total, a 53% increase on yesterday. This afternoon there are 9,191 people infected in the whole of Spain, 1,441 more than on Sunday, an increase of 19%. The number of deceased amounts to 334, 46 more than yesterday, an increase of 16%. One of the reasons for concern is the high number of patients requiring hospitalisation: more than 3,200 people are hospitalised (almost 40% of cases) and 410 are in the ICU (70% in Madrid).

The Igualada outbreak is the most serious infectious focus in Catalonia and keeps 70,000 people in four Barcelona municipalities in confinement. The number of infected cases has risen to 85, eight of which are serious. There are 37 health professionals affected within this episode, whose epicentre is the Igualada hospital.

The origin of the Igualada outbreak has been identified as a meal on February 28 attended by more than 80 people, many of them workers from the Igualada hospital. There was contamination by one person, creating two branches of the outbreak: a group of people infected within the hospital and another outside, of community expansion.

Sunday 15 March 2020

The Spanish health system is in danger of becoming overwhelmed due to the high transmission rate of the coronavirus. Yesterday evening the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, announced the government's state of alarm measures, severely restricting movement and closing all but essential shops and services. The UK government advise against all but essential travel to the whole country. Barcelona has closed all public beaches, parks and gardens, and suspended municipal works.

This afternoon four more people have died in Catalonia, all related to the Igualada outbreak, bringing the death toll to 12. 206 new coronavirus infections have been reported in Catalonia, making 921 cases in total, a 30% increase on yesterday.

This morning there are 7,750 people infected in the whole of Spain, 1,550 more than on Saturday, an increase of 25%. The number of deceased amounts to 288, 97 more than yesterday, an increase of 50%.

Saturday 14 March 2020

This evening the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, has announced the government's state of alarm measures:

  • Citizens may only travel on public roads to carry out the following activities: a) Acquisition of food, pharmaceuticals and basic necessities. b) Assistance from health centres. c) Travel to the workplace to carry out their work, professional or business provision. d) Return to the place of habitual residence. e) Assistance and care for the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or especially vulnerable people. f) Travel to the bank or insurance office. g) Refueling at petrol stations. h) Due to force majeure or need. i) Any other activity of an analogous nature duly justified. Travel must be done individually unless with an accompanying dependent person.
  • All retail activity is suspended except for food, medicine, tobacconists, technological equipment, the press, pets, laundrettes and dry cleaners. The latter two are exempted for hygiene reasons.
  • Cafeterias and restaurants will be closed, but may provide home delivery services.
  • Crowds will be avoided and consumers and employees must keep at least 1 metre away to avoid contagion.
  • Face-to-face educational and university activity is suspended.
  • Public transport services of passengers by road, rail, air and sea are reduced by 50%. Commuter trains will work 100% and will not be affected.
  • Leisure time cannot be shared with friends who reside elsewhere.
  • Up to one year's imprisonment and fines of 100 to 600,000 euros for those who fail to comply with the state of alarm.

All the measures take effect immediately except the movement limitations that begin Monday, March 16 at 08.00. They affect the entire Spanish territory for 15 days and may be extended as necessary.

206 new coronavirus infections have been reported in Catalonia today, making 715 cases in total. This is a 40% increase on yesterday. Eight have died, three of them related to the Igualada outbreak.

There are now 6,200 people infected in the whole of Spain, 1,991 more than on Friday, an increase of 47%. The number of deceased amounts to 191, 71 more than on Friday, and an increase in one day of 59%. The number of recovered is 536. If the health system were to become overwhelmed due to the high transmission rate of the coronavirus where there is no cure or vaccination, there would be many collateral deaths due to other illnesses that cannot be dealt with in time.

The city of Barcelona has not been designated as an area of community transmission of coronavirus and protocols 'in phase 1, the containment phase' were maintained until the Spanish Government declared a national state of alarm on Friday 13 March.

Our risk assessment for infection of coronavirus in Barcelona is currently 'low', with caution advised in crowded areas, e.g. public transport, markets. Strict travel restrictions are now in place, and all but essential services are now closed throughout Spain for at least 15 days.

Friday 13 March 2020

The Generalitat of Catalonia has ordered the closure of bars, cafes and restaurants from midnight, except for those in hotels or health centres. It also orders the closing of casinos and gaming establishments, all activities of public shows and activities in private spaces, as well as the closing of shopping centres, except for those dedicated exclusively to food and hygiene products.

The President of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, has asked the central government to allow him to completely shut down Catalonia to stop the spread of the coronavirus with the aim that from midnight tonight no one can enter or leave. Central government is responsible for any cutting of ports, airports and railways and their response is awaited.

The Ministry of Health reports 190 new cases of coronavirus in Catalonia today, making 509 cases in total, after a change in the counting system. This is a 60% increase on yesterday. Overall, 35 people are serious and six have died, three of them related to the Igualada outbreak. Among those affected are 58 health professionals.

The Spanish Government has declared a state of alarm, but has not yet announced the measures that will be adopted. The Government could limit the free movement of people or vehicles, ration goods and services, requisition belongings and occupy factories and industries. The Government of Catalonia has ordered the cessation of all activities in shopping areas, ski slopes, gyms, discotheques and shopping centres not intended for food or essential products.

There are now 4,209 people infected in the whole of Spain, 1,205 more than on Thursday, according to the latest data. The number of deceased amounts to 120, 36 more than on Thursday. The Community of Madrid continues to be the most affected area with 1,990 cases, followed by the Basque Country with 417.

Thursday 12 March 2020

135 more cases of coronavirus have been detected in Catalonia today, a 75% increase on yesterday and bringing the total number of covid-19 patients to 316. There have been 6 deaths to date. The Government of Catalonia will close all nurseries, schools and universities in the region for at least 15 days from tomorrow.

According to the National Centre for Epidemiology, close to 15,000 died in Spain from influenza related illnesses in the 2017-2018 season,[2] and some 6,300 people due to influenza in the last season, 2018-2019.[3] So far, there are 84 reported deaths in the whole of Spain from covid-19 with 3,004 reported infections.

Wednesday 11 March 2020

The Department of Health of the Generalitat of Catalonia has confirmed a fourth death of a person due to the coronavirus in Catalonia. There are 55 newly infected, with the total cases of 180 representing a 44% increase from Tuesday. There are 20 serious patients and three people who have already been discharged.

Tuesday 10 March 2020

The Ministry of Health confirms 24 new cases of Covid-19 in Catalonia today, a 24% increase from Monday. The total number of people affected is now 125, 18 of whom are in a serious condition. Of the total contacts in preventive isolation, 400 are healthcare professionals.

Monday 9 March 2020

Two more elderly people in Catalonia have died from coronavirus. The Department of Health has confirmed the death of a man, 97, and that of a woman, 88. The man had been isolated in his nursing home in Barcelona. The second victim suffered from pneumonia and respiratory failure. She started having symptoms on February 27 and was admitted to a hospital in Barcelona on March 6. There are 23 new cases in Catalonia today, including two babies in a mild state.

Sunday 8 March 2020

This evening, the Department of Health has confirmed 29 new cases of coronavirus in Catalonia registered during the weekend. On Friday, a total of 49 infections had been recorded. There are now 78 cases, representing a 58% increase in this period. According to the Department, 24 of the 29 are in a mild condition, with 5 serious cases.

This morning, the Spanish Ministry of Health has registered 589 infections of coronavirus in Spain, which represents a daily increase of approximately 20%. The vast majority of cases have been imported from Italy. No new cases have been reported in the region of Catalonia since yesterday, with a total infected of 49.

Saturday 7 March 2020

Conflicting data from National Government and Local Government sources today. An afternoon statement from the Catalan Department of Health reveals 49 cases of coronavirus in the community, four of those affected are in a serious condition.

No new infections have been reported in Catalonia this morning. A National Government statement shows a total of 24 people affected by the coronavirus.

Friday 6 March 2020

Catalonia registered its first coronavirus death this afternoon, an 87-year-old woman with previous pathologies. She arrived in the hospital emergency room Thursday with a severe clinical picture of fever, hemodynamic instability and respiratory failure. She was diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia and tests proved positive for coronavirus. Non-invasive mechanical ventilation and treatment with antiretrovirals and interferon were applied but she died at 15.15. Public Health is now investigating how she contracted the virus, as she had no history of travel to risk areas. She is one of nine cases reported this afternoon by Public Health in Catalonia that brings the total number of people affected in the community to 46. The Secretary of Public Health of Catalonia, Joan Guix, has confirmed that there are a hundred health professionals in Catalonia preventively isolated after being in contact with infected patients.

The Friday morning update reports five new coronavirus cases in Catalonia, one serious, and four others in a mild state. All were in contact with people who had travelled to risk areas. The total of confirmed infections is 37.

Antoni Trilla, head of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology at the Hospital Clínic (Barcelona) suggests that evidence[4] shows the virus arrived in Spain much earlier than previously thought. "What we see now are the most serious cases of infections that occurred several weeks ago. How many were there? For now we do not know. When did they start? We don't know that either." Antoni Trilla identifies 81% of coronavirus cases as mild and do not require hospital admission. Mild cases could be much higher, as they are so insignificant that patients do not visit the doctor.[5]

The dynamics of coronavirus make it easy to go unnoticed after landing in a country. In general terms, young and middle-aged people, who travel and move more, are likely to contract and transmit the virus. "They will also be the ones with milder symptoms and will resort less to the health system," says Ignacio López-Goñi, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Navarra.

Thursday 5 March 2020

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Catalonia rises to 32. Four of them are 'second generation infections', infected in Catalonia through contact with those who contracted the virus abroad. Approximately 600 people remain in home isolation in Catalonia. They are not infected, but are contacts of positive cases.

Wednesday 4 March 2020

The Department of Health of the Generalitat has confirmed six new cases of coronavirus in Catalonia, with the total number of patients affected by Covid-19 raised to 24. Medical services have located the origin of the infection in all cases.

Tuesday 3 March 2020

There are now 17 cases of coronavirus in Catalonia this morning, all of them in a mild condition.

Monday 2 March 2020

There are two new cases of coronavirus in Catalonia this morning, a 40-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man, both residents of Barcelona, who have been quarantined in a mild condition. The two were in contact with an infected person in Germany. This brings the total infected in Catalonia to fourteen.

Sunday 1 March 2020

There are six new cases of coronavirus in Catalonia today, bringing the total infected to twelve. The first two are men, one of 25 years and resident in Barcelona and the other of 26 years and resident in Milan. Both were in Milan between February 20 and 26. The third is a 62-year-old woman from L'Hospitalet de Llobregat who was in contact with one of the previously confirmed cases. The three others are a woman aged 20 and a girl of 16 living in Girona who travelled to northern Italy between February 14 and 16 and a 28-year-old man living in Barcelona who travelled to Milan from February 20 to 23. All three are in a mild state.

Saturday 29 February 2020

Two more coronavirus infections have been reported in Catalonia this morning: a woman from Girona who travelled to Italy and a man from Sant Cugat, who was in contact with another of the cases already confirmed. Reports suggest two of the 6 infected in Catalonia are doctors. Apparently neither of them have been infected through their medical assistance work.

Friday 28 February 2020

A fourth case of coronavirus in Catalonia has been confirmed late today. This is a 58-year-old woman from Sant Cugat del Vallès, who is hospitalised in a mild state at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona. The woman had been in contact with a positive case in Germany. She joins three other patients with mild symptoms of coronavirus isolated at the hospital and 'evolving favourably.'
Researchers at a specialised hospital in Milan have managed to isolate the Italian version of the new coronavirus. "The epidemic is not new in the country and the virus has been circulating inadvertently for several weeks, before the first confirmed cases of the disease," said Professor Massimo Galli, a leader of the research team.

Thursday 27 February 2020

A third case has been reported in Barcelona today. This is a 22-year-old woman from Tenerife who visited the Italian city of Milan, between February 19 and 25, and then travelled to Barcelona. Once in the Barcelona, she went to the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, where she is isolated in a mild state. Her close contacts are currently being studied.

Wednesday 26 February 2020

Our risk assessment for infection of coronavirus in Barcelona is currently 'low', with caution advised in crowded areas, e.g. public transport, markets. Students should bring hand sanitiser (plenty of regular hand cleaning and avoiding touching the face recommended) and face masks (pro-active caution) in case the alert level rises. Official advice is that the risk varies according to the identified cases and that in the points where there are no positive cases the risk is low or very low.

So far there has been no contagion in Barcelona so protocols 'in phase 1, the containment phase' are being maintained. These focus only on the early detection of the possible infected. Everything is prepared in case the alert level is increased if an outbreak arises. In that case 'similar measures would be taken' to those implemented by other countries, such as Italy. There are two cases in Barcelona at the moment, both infected Italians returning from recent trips to Northern Italy. The first patient went to the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona on Monday, where she is currently in isolation. Clinically, she is well and has symptoms such as the flu. Her close contact group of 25 are in home isolation. The second case reported this morning (Wednesday) is a 22 year old man, with 8 close contacts under home quarantine.

The authorities here are avoiding alarmism, and news media tend to be very supportive in this respect. The College of Pharmacists of Barcelona have announced this morning that healthy people who do not provide care for coronavirus patients do not need to wear masks.

If any individuals develop coronavirus symptoms (fever, dry cough) while in Spain, the instructions are to immediately self-isolate, dial 061 and await a visit to their hotel room by medical personnel for testing.

We will update this page as further information is received.


UK FCO Advice 09.07.20: Spain exempt from advice against all but essential international travel from 4 July

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: Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBER of Epidemiology and Public Health, CIBERESP)
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