Spain’s Covid incidence rate has fallen to its lowest level since August 2020, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Health.
As the country’s vaccine campaign continues to gather pace, Wednesday’s report shows that the 14-day incidence rate has now fallen below 100 to 98.78 per 100,000 citizens.
This is the first time that the incidence rate has fallen below 100 since August 12 where it stood at 96.
Despite the promising data, there is still a significant amount of variation between the autonomous communities.
At the top of the scale, there are four regions where the incidence rate is above the 100 mark which are Andalucia (180), La Rioja (172), Basque Country (131) and Navarra (110).
At the lower end of the spectrum, there are five regions with an infection rate below 50 which are considered to be low risk. These are Ceuta (38), Comunidad Valenciana (39.6), Galicia (40.3), the Balearics (41.3) and Murcia (46.5).
Wednesday’s latest figures indicate that there had been another 3,832 new Covid cases with 36 deaths. This brings the official numbers to 3,749,031 incidence and 80,615 fatalities since February 2020.
Spanish hospitals are starting to see a decline in admissions, especially those having to be placed into intensive care.
Madrid is seeing the highest number of hospitalisations at 734 with 228 in ICU. Andalucia has the second largest number with 682 requiring hospital treatment and 148 in ICU. Catalunya is next with 500 admissions and 166 in ICU.
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It comes as official figures show that more than 13 million Spanish citizens have now been fully vaccinated with 21 million having received at least one dose representing 46 per cent of the population.
The Ministry is aiming to have 15 million fully vaccinated by the end of the week.
The vaccination campaign has been the key to driving down the country’s incidence rate. Nearly all of those over the age of 70, which accounted for around eight in 10 Covid fatalities, have now been vaccinated.
Many of the over 60s have also been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, although this is taking longer than expected due to the requirement to wait 12-weeks between the first and second jabs. Approximately half of those between 50 and 59 have now been fully vaccinated.
On Wednesday, Spain’s Public Health Commission approved the vaccination of three new groups, which will cover those between the ages of 12 and 39.
The three new groups will be 11 made up of those between 30 and 39 years, group 12 for those between 20 and 29 and group 13 for those between 12 and 19 years.
However, it has been agreed by regional health authorities that the priority is to focus on fully vaccinating those in their 40s and 50s who have yet to be vaccinated.