Spain has registered 9,901 new cases of covid-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infected people in the country to 3,336,637 so far, continuing to spread, according to data released today by the Spanish Ministry of Health.q
Since Tuesday, health services also accounted for 142 deaths attributed to covid-19, passing the total of deaths to 76,179.
The level of accumulated incidence (contagions) in Spain rose from 168 (Wednesday) to 175 (today), diagnosed per 100,000 inhabitants in the previous 14 days.
The regions with the highest levels are Navarra (380), Madrid (315), Basque Country (289) and Catalonia (184).
In the last 24 hours, 1,136 people with the disease were admitted to hospitals across the country (1,184 on Wednesday), of which 301 in Madrid, 232 in Catalonia and 183 in Andalusia.
On the other hand, the number of hospitalized patients dropped to 9,384 with the covid-19 (9,412), which corresponds to 7.5% of the beds, of which 2,024 patients in intensive care units (2,009), 20.3% of the beds in this service.
The Spanish health authorities have advanced with the proposal to extend the vaccination with AstraZeneca to the age group from 66 to 69 years old, after on Wednesday at the end of the day they decided to cancel the use of this drug in people under 60 years old and to continue to administer it only in the age group between 60 and 65 years.
The change of criteria in the vaccination groups with AstraZeneca was decided after the conclusions of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) were known, which forced the Spanish autonomous communities to suspend the summons of people already under 60 years of age.
It now remains to reschedule the vaccination of these groups with other drugs and decide what to do with the more than 2.3 million people vaccinated with AstraZeneca who have not yet received the second dose.
The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, left open the possibility of two options: not giving the second dose (since the first already has a degree of protection of 70%) or receiving a vaccine from another pharmaceutical company.
Spanish health services announced today that 3,020,450 people have already received two doses of the vaccine against covid-19, which corresponds to 6.4% of the population of about 47 million inhabitants in the country.
A pandemic covid-19 caused at least 2,890,054 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 133 million cases of infection, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 16,899 people died from 825,633 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.