Fernando Simón, the director of Spain's Centre for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, spoke on Wednesday, September 22 and said that it is likely that "in a week" Spain could reach a cumulative incidence rate of 50 Covid cases per 100,000 residents.
Spain has not been below that incidence rate figure since July 28, 2020, and according to the Ministry of Health traffic light system, this number will mark the point where the country will enter into the coronavirus pandemic ‘low risk’ zone.
Mr Simón said that the Ministry of Health hopes that the current rate of decline in cases, between 25 and 30 per cent every seven days, can be maintained.
The head of the CCAES was quietly optimistic that the fifth wave of the virus would decrease. He did however address the fact that the drop in incidence rates among those not yet vaccinated under the age of 12 had “slowed down”.
He did however say that he was confident that it would be possible to administer the vaccine to children between the ages of 6 and 11 years, in just “a few weeks”.
"The important thing is to maintain the downward trend, without taking steps backwards," he said.
“You have to be cautious and relax things little by little,” he continued.
"The prospects are very, very good, but we must be aware that we are not at the end," he insisted during a preventive medicine conference in Santander.
On Tuesday, the Covid incidence rate in Spain stood at 78.88 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
There is only one community, Asturias, where the incidence rate is less than 50.
Furthermore, it has entered the "new normal" range, having dropped below 25 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
At the other end of the scale, the Spanish region suffering from the highest number of Covid cases is Catalonia. The Statista website shows that as of September 17, there are over 909,000 cases.
A Twitter update posted on September 22 by the Ministerio de Sanidad, shows that 69,549,078 vaccines have now been administered. 36,184,677 people have received both doses giving them full protection and 37,508,658 people have received at least one vaccine.
The vaccination campaign is also having a positive impact on the number of hospital admissions, driving the numbers down on an almost daily basis.
Recent data shows that as of September 22, there were 3,237 people receiving hospital treatment for Covid with 894 in requiring intensive care.
This compares to the same period last week where there were 4,425 in hospital and 1,097 in intensive care.
Wednesday’s figures from the health ministry show that there have been 4,940,824 diagnosed Covid cases and sadly 86,085 people in Spain have now lost their lives to the deadly virus.
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