A PCR test. File photograph. / SUR

Covid incidence rate in Spain exceeds 100 for the first time in two months

In the last daily update some 30 coronavirus deaths were reported and the intensive care unit occupancy level moved from the ‘new normal’ to low risk

ÁLVARO SOTO

The pandemic in Spain continues to gain ground again and on Thursday, 18 November, the country’s cumulative incidence rate exceeded 100 coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants, a level not seen since 15 September, more than two months ago.

Specifically, the indicator used to determine restrictions, reached a level of 104.29 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days.

In addition, the Ministry of Health reported 6,315 new infections, a figure similar to that of Wednesday, but higher than that of the previous days.

The department also added 29 deaths, which brings the total official pandemic death toll to 87,804.

Hospitals are starting to notice the increase in cases. The occupancy of intensive care units by Covid patients stands at 5 per cent, the precise limit between the ‘new normal’ and low risk. Coronavirus patients also represent 1.86% of the total number of people admitted to hospitals.