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The spike in Covid cases in the north of Spain is what concerns the authorities

A man is given a Covid-19 test at a health centre near Barcelona.
A man is given a Covid-19 test at a health centre near Barcelona. / EFE
  • While Aragon had over 300 cases per 100,000 people midweek, many parts of Spain had very low case rates still, such as 3 per 100,000 in Asturias

The spike in cases of Covid-19 infection that caused the British government to change its advice regarding travel to Spain and bring in self-isolation continues. However the distribution of cases is unbalanced regionally, with north-eastern regions, such as Catalonia and Aragon still leading the table, while other regions such as Asturias and Extremadura are much lower.

Aragon led the list with 335 cases per 100,000 on Tuesday, compared to the UK’s 15. Asturias had 3 per 100,000, as the lowest.

The big tourist areas of Balearics and Canaries had 11 per 100,000 and 7 respectively.

Daily new case figures nationally had been approaching a thousand for several days earlier this week. Wednesday’s figure broke the barrier with 1,153 positive tests and on Thursday there were 1,229 new cases. It was also announced that there had been 400 hospital admissions across Spain linked to Covid-19 in the last week including 25 intensive care admissions.

A thousand cases was the limit the government had set for the acceptable management the pandemic during the ‘new normal’, before having to bring in stricter confinement measures.

Madrid

Madrid was showing a surge in cases this week and made mask-wearing outdoors compulsory to bring it in line with other regions.

The director of the health alert coordination centre CCAES, Fernando Simón, said this week that behind the sharp rise is the increased work by the health services to detect cases, which implies that the situation is not as bad as it seems. In fact in over 60 per cent of the new cases, the patient showed no symptoms.

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.”

On Thursday there were nearly 421 live local outbreaks in Spain, an increase of 51 over the past three days. 4,870 cases had been linked directly back to these.

Andalucía region

On Tuesday the Andalucía region, including Malaga province, had a reported 14 cases per 100,000 people, similar to the UK’s figure of 15.

On Thursday, Andalucía reported 43 local outbreaks being monitored, four more on the previous day, and announced 118 new daily cases. There were no new deaths in the region on Thursday and there were 51 in hospital, of whom nine were in intensive care.