Infection figures shoot up in Spain with more than 6,000 new cases reported over the weekend

Fernando Simón.
Fernando Simón. / EFE
  • The majority of new cases have no symptoms and are, according to the government, due to increased detection work

The Spanish ministry of Health on Monday announced figures that, at least as far as statistics are concerned, indicate that the coronavirus pandemic situation in Spain is getting worse.

The director of the health alert coordination centre CCAES, Fernando Simón, said on Monday that the number of new lab-tested positive cases had increased by 6,631 over the weekend, 38% more than the previous weekend's figure.

Eighty new local outbreaks had been detected, many of the related to nightlife and family gatherings. Simón explained that behind the sharp rise is the increase in the work by the health services to detect cases, which implies that the situation is not as bad as it seems. In fact in 70 per cent of the new cases, the patient showed no symptoms.

In the last 24 hours before Monday's briefing, the increase in cases was 855.

"Nearly 60% of the new cases are concentrated in Aragon and Catalonia, although there is transmission in all regions," said Simon.

"We can't say whether we are in a second wave or not," he added. "I don't think so, but it's difficult to say. However, it's true that in the majority of the country there is by no means transmission that is out of control."

Simón implied that young people partying was much to blame for the new outbreaks. "Some population groups have dropped their guard and we must be clear about that."