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The Covid pandemic continues to lose ground in Spain and the incidence rate falls to 696

Many people have not yet reached maximum immunity due to only having recently received the second jab.
Many people have not yet reached maximum immunity due to only having recently received the second jab. / SUR
  • However, the Ministry of Health reports the infection rate has risen slightly in the two most vulnerable groups, those in their sixties and the over-80s

The national coronavirus pandemic picture in Spain continues to improve and, for the second day in a row, the country's cumulative incidence rate has dropped.

After it peaked on Tuesday with 701.92 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, it fell for the first time after five weeks to 699.84 positives on Wednesday, and this Thursday (29 July) it fell slightly again for the second consecutive day to 696.31 cases.

This new fall in incidence (which did not include the data from Aragon due to technical problems) appears to confirm the Ministry of Health’s belief that the curve is bending.

However, the number of daily Covid infections still remains at worrying levels. The department, headed by Carolina Darias, notified 26,689 new infections in the last 24 hours, a figure slightly lower than the 27,149 on Wednesday.

The decrease in the incidence rate was not registered across all age groups. The Ministry of Health revealed that the rate increased in the last 24 hours in two of the groups that are currently most vulnerable.

The first is that of those in their sixties, mostly vaccinated with the AstraZeneca formula, and in which many people have not yet reached maximum immunity due to only having recently received the second jab. In the age group from 60 to 69 years, the incidence rate increased by one point, from 328 to 329.

The other group in which saw an increase was the oldest of the entire population, those over 80 years of age, where the incidence at 14 days increased from 261 to 272 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

The cumulative incidence rate at seven days stands at 315.09 cases, well below half of the two-week rate, which predicts that the epidemiological situation will continue to improve at least during the next few days.

The percentage of positive coronavirus tests out of the total number of tests performed has also improved. It fell from 16.22% to 16.06%, a modest reduction but which also suggests that infections will continue to fall in the coming days.