For the first time since the beginning of July, when the fifth wave of Covid-19 took hold, the incidence rate in Spain has dropped to 150 cases per 100,000 people over a 14 day period.
This puts it back into the “average risk” category and constitutes another 10 point drop in contrast to the previous day.
This is all good news, however, Melilla, Ceuta and Extremadura are, according to the latest data on September 8 from the Ministry of Health still at “extreme risk” with incidences above 250 per 100,000 people.
The Ministry of Health data also shows that 5,618 new Covid infections have been recorded, in comparison to Tuesday's figure of 5,246. This represents a small increase that brings the total number of people diagnosed with the virus to 4,898,258.
As far as fatalities are concerned figures show a slight decrease, with the number of deaths dropping below 100 for the first time in the last three weeks. 81 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, which brings the total number of fatalities since the appearance of the pandemic at the start of last year, to a staggering 85,147.
The same trend can be seen in hospital admissions where 5,344 Covid patients have been admitted. Although this figure is still high, it is 240 patients less than on Tuesday.
The number of people being treated in ICU is also lower with 1,313 people occupying a bed, which is down by 36.
Percentage wise, this shows that the general bed occupancy rate stands at 4.51%, which is classed as low-risk. The ICU occupancy rate, however, is classed as medium risk, at 14.36%.
So what age groups are still classed as ‘high risk’?
The 12-19 age group has thankfully dropped out of the “extreme risk” category, following the high surge of infections during the fifth wave.
Although the younger age groups are still in the high risk category, their incidence rate has dropped by 28 points in just a single day. Cases are currently 241 per 100,000 people.
Also in the high-risk category are the 20-29-year-olds, where figures show there are 187 cases per 100,000 people. The under 11 age groups are also in this category with 185 cases per 100,000.
Adults between the ages of 60-79 currently have the lowest incidence rate with all other age groups classed as “below high risk”
As infection rates begin to drop, the vaccination campaign continues to make big strides with 34,739,745 people now fully vaccinated and 37,008,271 having received at least one dose of the vaccine.
In respect of age, 66.6% of those in the age group 20-29 have been double jabbed, with 75% having received one dose of the vaccine and more than 70% of those aged between 30 and 39 years of age having also been fully vaccinated.
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September 20, 2023