For the first time in almost a year, Madrid has not recorded any deaths from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours
For the first time since July 28, 2020, Madrid did not register a death for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours. Authorities in the capital of Spain said that during the same period they had been informed 1,833 new positive cases of COVID-19.
Looking at Spain in general, the death toll from the coronavirus remains low: 18 deaths were reported on Tuesday, while there were only 23 deaths between Friday and Monday.
Spain is ready to accelerate the vaccination against the coronavirus in the twenties, target of a surge of contagions, to avoid a new epidemic wave that disrupts the summer and the gradual return to normal.
Unlike other European countries, which a few weeks ago opened vaccination to people over 18, Spain has applied a rigorous system by age groups, which began in winter with those over 80, and now it mostly goes in the 30 to 39 range.
But with the arrival of summer, student parties in bars, nightclubs and apartments, and the relaxation of measures – such as the lifting of the obligation to wear a mask outside at all times – the impact exploded in the last ten days between the youngest.
“Most of these cases do not lead to hospitalizations because they tend to be milder,” Dr Fernando García, spokesperson for the Madrid Public Health Association, told AFP news agency.
“But contribute to community transmission if it is not stopped in time“And this transmission can be fertile ground for new variants, or the emergence of persistent covid cases,” he warns.
The benchmark is the cumulative incidence, currently 717 cases per 100,000 population in the last 14 days within a range of 20 to 29 years. This is more than triple the average of 225 which corresponds to the entire population.
The high incidence in young people is correlated with their minimal access to vaccination.
In the 20-29 age bracket, only 13.8% received at least one dose, compared to an average in Spain of 56.3%, according to official data.
For this reason, several regions such as Madrid, Catalonia, the Basque Country or Castilla-La Mancha have decided open between this week and the next vaccination from 16 years old, a strategy encouraged by the central government.
“Once we have protected the most vulnerable generations”, the approach is now “to superimpose vaccination at different ages to protect those who suffer most from the incidence, namely young people,” the president said on Wednesday. Pedro Sánchez.
With information from the AFP agency