! Spanish News Today – Pandemic rebounds with new variants: Spain Covid Update June 22
Covid-related hospitalizations in Spain hit their highest level since February
Covid experts blame the dreaded rebound on new Omicron sub-variants, BA.4 and BA.5, which arrived a bit late in Spain but now account for up to 64.9% of all samples. In its latest report, the Ministry of Health assured that the new strains do not appear to be more severe than the original Omicron, but have shown “greater immune evasion”, which means that vaccines are much less effective.
The impact of the variant over a short period of time is quite surprising. Two weeks ago, the cumulative incidence rate per 100,000 population had fallen to 586 cases, it now stands at 653, and the 7-day figure is also rising rapidly, indicating that more infections are likely. Similarly, on June 7, only 3.62% of intensive care beds were occupied by coronavirus patients; this snowballed to 4.07%.
In the latest health update published by the Ministry of Health on Tuesday June 21, 50,235 new cases of coronavirus were recorded, of which 23,706 were diagnosed in people over 60 years old.
This brings the total number of contaminations since the start of the health crisis to 12,613,634.
Cumulative incidence rate
In just four days, the 14-day incidence rate rose 40 points to 653.25 cases per 100,000 population.
Hospitalizations and deaths
Covid-related hospitalizations this week reached their highest level since February: there are currently 7,793 patients admitted across Spain (compared to 6,763 a week ago) while 361 people are being treated for more serious symptoms in ICUs across the country (compared to 342).
With these figures, 6.64% of all hospital beds are occupied by coronavirus patients.
By autonomous community, the highest hospital occupancy is in Madrid (10.99%), which, coincidentally, also has the highest cumulative incidence rate, followed by Castilla-La Mancha (9.61% ), the Basque Country (7.59%), Catalonia (7%) and Castile and Leon (6.89%). All these regions are above the national average.
As of Friday, June 17, a total of 39,094,061 people over the age of 12, or 92.7% of the population, have received a double injection while 39,237,978 people (93%) have received at least one dose. .