Corona situation Spain officially no longer ‘high-risk’

by Lorraine Williamson
corona situation improving in Spain

MADRID – For the first time since July 1, there is no longer a “high-risk” situation in Spain. The incidence fell by 10% on Thursday. Although the corona situation is under much better control, Spain has started a third injection for a select target group.

The corona incidence on Thursday is 140 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the past 14 days. As the incidence is now officially below 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, Spain is characterised as ‘average risk’ in terms of the corona situation. 

No more high risk for Spanish intensive care 

While fewer new infections and hospitalisations are reported each day, Spain crossed a key mark of 85,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic on Thursday. However, the pressure on intensive care units in Spain is also reducing. With a rate of 13.73% of ICU beds, occupied by Covid patients, it is no longer ‘high risk’ in hospitals. 

Meanwhile, 78.1% of the Spanish population has had at least one shot and 73.6% of Spaniards have already been fully vaccinated. More than half (52.9%) of Hispanic teens have also already received a full dose of one of the vaccines. 

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Third dose for select target group in Spain 

From Thursday, a third dose will be given to the most vulnerable people in a number of Spanish regions. This mainly concerns people who have undergone an organ transplant and are treated with immunosuppressants to prevent rejection of the transplanted organ. Earlier this week, the Public Health Commission gave permission for the third injection for this target group. 

New corona waves in Spain probably much less severe 

Virologist Fernando Simón of the corona crisis centre said on Thursday it is very likely that Spain, like other countries, will have to deal with new corona waves. However, it is not thought these will not be as severe as the peaks that Spain had previously experienced. 

“Spain is in a very favourable situation because everyone has access to a vaccine. When everyone gets vaccinated, and people stick to the rules, we can normalise little by little,” said Fernando Simón. 

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