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Spain becomes first country in Europe to reach half a million reported coronavirus infections

Spain becomes first country in Europe to reach half a million reported coronavirus infections
/ EFE
  • Nationally the rate of infection per 100,000 inhabitants is the highest in Europe, more than double that of second-placed France. Locally hospital admissions continue to rise with 30 in intensive care in Malaga province

Spain has become the first country in Europe to surpass half a million coronavirus infections, with a further 26,560 people testing positive for the virus over the weekend, according to figures published by the Ministry of Health on Monday.

The rate of infection per 100,000 inhabitants in the last fourteen days is the highest in Europe at 216.8, more than double the number of France (98.2) which comes in second place. In Italy, this number is currently 28.7; 30.8 in the United Kingdom; and 19.2 in Germany.

Although the vast majority of these cases have few or very minor complications, data from the Ministry of Health shows that hospitalisations nationwide have increased by 500 since Friday to 7,892.

Large cities and their metropolitan areas continue to produce the highest number of new infections: the Community of Madrid has 670 more cases and the Basque Country 475. Also noteworthy are the figures for Andalucía, with 250 new infections, and Aragón, with 224.

In Catalonia, however, there has been some good news with numbers down to 87.

Malaga

The number of patients with coronavirus admitted to hospitals in Malaga continues to rise. According to data released on Monday by the regional Ministry of Health and Families, there are now 212 patients in the province's hospitals with Covid-19 (39 more than the day before), of which 30 are in intensive care (two more).

This data was released on the same day that another person was confirmed to have died after catching the virus, taking the provincial total up to 303 deaths since the start of the pandemic. This makes Malaga the province with the highest Covid-related death rate, closely followed by Granada with 302 and Seville (300).

The person who died was one of those affected by the outbreak declared at the centre for people with disabilities in Coín (Prodicco), where there are 47 people infected, of which 26 are residents and the remaining 21 are workers.

In the outbreak at the Vitalia residence in Teatinos (Malaga city), the number of cases continues to increase: there are 33 positive cases (up eight), of which 27 are residents and six are workers.

New cases

On Monday a further 126 cases diagnosed by PCR tests were reported in the province of Malaga, bringing the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 9,291. Since then, 4,385 people have been given the all clear.

Despite the fact that the number of hospitalisations due to Covid-19 is still growing, the pressure on Andalusian hospitals is much lower than it was in March and April. At the end of March, 2,708 patients were admitted, of which 438 remained in intensive care. Now, according to the regional Health authorities, there are 661 in hospital in the region, of which 110 remain in ICU.

That said, another nine people are confirmed to have died after catching the virus in Andalucía, taking the total to 1,553.

Although the situation is much better than it was during the toughest months of the pandemic, the curve is steadily going up and more and more people are requiring hospital treatment.