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Spain returns to the high-risk Covid zone after exceeding the 150 cumulative incidence rate

Mobility controls. File photograph.
Mobility controls. File photograph. / SUR
  • The country's Ministry of Health reports 8,534 new cases in a day and 154 deaths

After exceeding the coronavirus cumulative incidence rate of 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days, Spain returned to the Covid-19 high-risk zone this Wednesday (31 March) something that has not happened since 4 March.

Specifically, the incidence rate stood at 152.25, five points more than on Tuesday.

The autonomous cities Melilla (475) and Ceuta (294) continue to set the national highs, but there are already two regions - Navarra (294) and Madrid (264) - which are classed at extreme risk being above 250 cases.

At the other end of the scale is the Valencian Community, with a rate of 28 cases and the only region that meets the Government's objective of being below 50.

The Ministry of Health reported, this Wednesday, spikes in both the number of new infections and deaths. The department, headed by Carolina Darias, registered 8,534 new cases, almost double that of Tuesday and the highest daily number since 25 February. According to official data from the Ministry, 3,284,353 people have been infected with Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.

The department also registered 154 deaths in the last 24 hours, a figure above the 106 on Tuesday. The total number of deaths with a Covid-19 positive test since March of last year stands at 75,459.

Coronavirus patients currently occupy 6.5 per cent of hospital beds in Spain, while in intensive care units the figure is 18.44 per cent. There are 8,083 Covid patients in hospital, of which 1,831 are in an intensive care unit.