For the first time in 2021, Spain fell below the 20,000 infections over a weekend and did so in a resounding way. There were exactly 15,978 new infections reported, the best data since Monday, 10 August, when the statistics registered 8,618 new positives. In just one week, infections have fallen by 30 per cent compared to the 20,849 cases reported last Monday.
The cumulative incidence rate has also dropped from Friday’s 193 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days to 175.63 this Monday. Today's incidence data, is the best since 25 August with 173 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The positive figures are tempered with the news that, according to official data that the virus killed 10,528 people in February, the highest monthly number of fatalities except for April 2020, which resulted in 15,771 official deaths, although there were probably many more because in the first wave diagnostic tests were not performed on many of the people who later died.
The death toll for this February far exceeds that recorded last year, during the peak of the second wave, when statistics registered 9,259 deaths between 1 November and 1 December.