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Barcelona Coronavirus May 2021 - Daily Updates and Advice for Visiting Groups

Friday 7 May 2021

The national state of emergency in Spain expires on Sunday, May 9, but the autonomous regions may continue to maintain restrictions on mobility, capacity and opening hours.

In Catalonia, the coronavirus epidemic is in recession. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 0.93 to 0.91. Every 100 infected people pass the virus to 91 others, reducing the growth by 9% every day.

The cumulative incidence rate of the coronavirus in 14 days has fallen from 271.21 to 266.38 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. There have been 1,664 new infections and 17 more deaths registered in the last 24 hours. Today, there are 1,432 hospitalised patients, 12 less than yesterday. A total of 468 patients are in intensive care units, 6 less than yesterday.

A total of 2,061,744 people (26.70% of the population of Catalonia) have now been vaccinated, 34,254 more than yesterday. This includes 954,316 (12.36% of the population) who have received their scheduled two doses.

Thursday 6 May 2021

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered a further 7,960 new infections since yesterday, including 4,234 diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 3,559,222.

The cumulative incidence rate (the number of cases diagnosed per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days) has fallen, from 205.52 to 202.20.

The deaths from coronavirus registered in the last week total 256. There have been 160 new deaths in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 78,726. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Spain has moderate excess mortality this week, according to the European Mortality Monitoring Project. This follows eight consecutive weeks of no or low excess.

After rapidly falling since the start of the pandemic, the lethality of the virus saw a steady rise from 8 February 2021, followed by a gradual decline from 26 March. The case fatality rate on 26 March was 2.304 deaths per 100 patients and today remains stable at 2.212. These trends are shown in the graph below.


There have been decreases in both the number of coronavirus patients admitted to hospital, and in those requiring intensive care. There are currently 8,900 patients admitted throughout Spain, 232 less than yesterday, with 2,212 in intensive care units, a reduction of 19 in the last 24 hours. There have been 915 admissions and 1,143 discharges in the last 24 hours. The occupancy rate for beds taken by coronavirus patients in Spain has fallen from 7.26% to 7.07%, and in intensive care units, from 22.25% to 22.10%.

A total of 12,792,753 people (26.97% of the Spanish population) have now been vaccinated, 270,502 in the last 24 hours. This includes 5,696,827 (12.01% of the population) who have received their scheduled two doses.

In Catalonia, the coronavirus epidemic is in recession. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 0.94 to 0.93. Every 100 infected people pass the virus to 93 others, reducing the growth by 7% every day.

The cumulative incidence rate of the coronavirus in 14 days has risen from 270.78 to 271.21 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. There have been 1,669 new infections and 20 more deaths registered in the last 24 hours. Today, there are 1,444 hospitalised patients, 87 less than yesterday. A total of 474 patients are in intensive care units, 1 more than yesterday.

A total of 2,027,490 people (26.26% of the population of Catalonia) have now been vaccinated, 37,251 more than yesterday. This includes 904,782 (11.72% of the population) who have received their scheduled two doses.

Wednesday 5 May 2021

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered a further 6,317 new infections since yesterday, including 4,007 diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 3,551,262.

The cumulative incidence rate (the number of cases diagnosed per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days) has fallen, from 213.90 to 205.52.

The deaths from coronavirus registered in the last week total 238. There have been 167 new deaths in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 78,566. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Spain has moderate excess mortality this week, according to the European Mortality Monitoring Project. This follows eight consecutive weeks of no or low excess.

After rapidly falling since the start of the pandemic, the lethality of the virus saw a steady rise from 8 February 2021, followed by a gradual decline from 26 March. The case fatality rate on 26 March was 2.304 deaths per 100 patients and today stands at 2.212.

There have been decreases in both the number of coronavirus patients admitted to hospital, and in those requiring intensive care. There are currently 9,132 patients admitted throughout Spain, 460 less than yesterday, with 2,231 in intensive care units, a reduction of 61 in the last 24 hours. There have been 975 admissions and 1,319 discharges in the last 24 hours. The occupancy rate for beds taken by coronavirus patients in Spain has fallen from 7.66% to 7.26%, and in intensive care units, from 22.89% to 22.25%.

A total of 12,522,251 people (26.40% of the Spanish population) have now been vaccinated, 293,738 in the last 24 hours. This includes 5,394,315 (11.37% of the population) who have received their scheduled two doses.

In Catalonia, the coronavirus epidemic is in recession. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 0.97 to 0.94. Every 100 infected people pass the virus to 94 others, reducing the growth by 6% every day.

The cumulative incidence rate of the coronavirus in 14 days has fallen from 272.43 to 270.78 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. There have been 1,532 new infections and 1 more death registered in the last 24 hours. Today, there are 1,531 hospitalised patients, 41 less than yesterday. A total of 473 patients are in intensive care units, 6 less than yesterday.

A total of 1,990,239 people (25.77% of the population of Catalonia) have now been vaccinated, 42,324 more than yesterday. This includes 854,789 (11.07% of the population) who have received their scheduled two doses.

Tuesday 4 May 2021

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered a further 4,515 new infections since yesterday, including 2,431 diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 3,544,945.

The cumulative incidence rate (the number of cases diagnosed per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days) has fallen, from 223.75 to 213.90.

The deaths from coronavirus registered in the last week total 210. There have been 106 new deaths in the last 24 hours. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 78,399. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Spain has moderate excess mortality this week, according to the European Mortality Monitoring Project. This follows eight consecutive weeks of no or low excess.

After rapidly falling since the start of the pandemic, the lethality of the virus saw a steady rise from 8 February 2021, followed by a gradual decline from 26 March. The case fatality rate on 26 March was 2.304 deaths per 100 patients and today stands at 2.212.

There have been decreases in both the number of coronavirus patients admitted to hospital, and in those requiring intensive care. There are currently 9,592 patients admitted throughout Spain, 155 less than yesterday, with 2,292 in intensive care units, a reduction of 31 in the last 24 hours. There have been 879 admissions and 980 discharges in the last 24 hours. The occupancy rate for beds taken by coronavirus patients in Spain has fallen from 7.78% to 7.66%, and in intensive care units, from 23.10% to 22.89%.

A total of 12,228,513 people (25.78% of the Spanish population) have now been vaccinated, 196,818 in the last 24 hours. This includes 5,202,297 (10.97% of the population) who have received their scheduled two doses.

In Catalonia, the coronavirus epidemic is in recession. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 1.01 to 0.97. Every 100 infected people pass the virus to 97 others, reducing the growth by 3% every day.

The cumulative incidence rate of the coronavirus in 14 days has fallen from 274.16 to 272.43 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. There have been 1,260 new infections and 20 more deaths registered in the last 24 hours. Today, there are 1,572 hospitalised patients, 52 less than yesterday. A total of 479 patients are in intensive care units, unchanged from yesterday.

A total of 1,947,915 people (25.22% of the population) have now been vaccinated, 41,159 more than yesterday. This includes 825,394 (10.69% of the population) who have received their scheduled two doses.

Monday 3 May 2021

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered a further 16,353 new infections since Friday, including 1,812 diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 3,540,430.

The cumulative incidence rate (the number of cases diagnosed per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days) has fallen, from 229.20 to 223.75.

The deaths from coronavirus registered in the last week total 187. There have been 77 new deaths since Friday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 78,293. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Spain has moderate excess mortality this week, according to the European Mortality Monitoring Project. This follows eight consecutive weeks of no or low excess.

After rapidly falling since the start of the pandemic, the lethality of the virus saw a steady rise from 8 February 2021, followed by a gradual decline from 26 March. The case fatality rate on 26 March was 2.304 deaths per 100 patients and today stands at 2.211.

There have been increases in both the number of coronavirus patients admitted to hospital, and in those requiring intensive care. There are currently 9,747 patients admitted throughout Spain, 79 more than Friday, with 2,323 in intensive care units, 15 more than Friday. There have been 817 admissions and 466 discharges in the last 24 hours. The occupancy rate for beds taken by coronavirus patients in Spain has risen from 7.69% to 7.78%, and in intensive care units, from 22.92% to 23.10%.

A total of 12,031,695 people (25.37% of the Spanish population) have now been vaccinated, 356,866 more than Friday. This includes 5,098,903 (10.75% of the population) who have received their scheduled two doses.

In Catalonia, the coronavirus regrowth phase continues to weaken. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 1.03 to 1.01. Every 100 infected people pass the virus to 101 others, increasing the epidemic by 1% every day.

The cumulative incidence rate of the coronavirus in 14 days has fallen from 277.07 to 274.16 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. There have been 1,417 new infections and 6 more deaths registered in the last 24 hours. Today, there are 1,624 hospitalised patients, 35 more than yesterday. A total of 479 patients are in intensive care units, unchanged from yesterday.

A total of 1,906,756 people (24.69% of the population) have now been vaccinated, 11,996 more than yesterday. This includes 823,133 (10.66% of the population) who have received their scheduled two doses.

Sunday 2 May 2021

In Catalonia, the coronavirus epidemic is still in a slow regrowth phase. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 1.04 to 1.03. Every 100 infected people pass the virus to 103 others, increasing the epidemic by 3% every day.

The cumulative incidence rate of the coronavirus in 14 days has fallen from 280.24 to 277.07 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. There have been 765 new infections and 21 more deaths registered in the last 24 hours. Today, there are 1,590 hospitalised patients, 42 more than yesterday. A total of 479 patients are in intensive care units, 7 less than yesterday.

A total of 1,894,760 people (24.543% of the population) have now been vaccinated, 23,651 more than yesterday. This includes 823,033 (10.66% of the population) who have received their scheduled two doses.

Saturday 1 May 2021

The chart below shows the daily change in new cases for Spain and the 7 day moving average. The date represents the onset of symptoms or, failing that, the date of diagnosis minus 6 days. It is updated for 24 April 2021, based on data from the Carlos III Health Institute.

Daily change and 7 day moving average for new coronavirus cases in Spain, 24 April 2021
Daily change and 7 day moving average for new coronavirus cases in Spain, 24 April 2021
Source: El Confidencial

In Catalonia, the coronavirus epidemic is in a regrowth phase. The reproduction rate (or R0) remains at 1.04 for a third day. Every 100 infected people pass the virus to 104 others, increasing the epidemic by 4% every day.

The cumulative incidence rate of the coronavirus in 14 days has risen from 279.53 to 280.24 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. There have been 1,768 new infections and 15 more deaths registered in the last 24 hours. Today, there are 1,548 hospitalised patients, 37 less than yesterday. A total of 486 patients are in intensive care units, 3 less than yesterday.

A total of 1,871,109 people (24.23% of the population) have now been vaccinated, 55,877 more than yesterday. This includes 819,502 (10.61% of the population) who have received their scheduled two doses.



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UK Government Foreign Office (Friday, May 7th, 2021) advises against all but essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic Islands but excluding the Canary Islands.


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