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More than 87,000 deaths from Covid-19 recorded in Spain

The number of new coronavirus infections, incidence and positivity rates increased during the weekend after the downward trend, that began on 27 July, was broken last Friday


The pandemic situation in Spain, while still positive, offered some adverse indicators at the weekend. The Ministry of Health data published on Monday (18 October) showed an increase in the number of infections, the cumulative incidence rate and also deaths compared to the previous week.

The 87,000 barrier for deaths since the start of the pandemic has now been surpassed, reaching precisely 87,030 after 56 new deaths were added on Saturday and Sunday compared to 42 the previous weekend.

The incidence rate has risen again after the downward trend, that began on 27 July, was broken last Friday. It rose by almost two points at the weekend and stands at 42.51 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days. The seven-day incidence rate has also risen to 20.69, which indicates that the 14-day rate will continue to grow in the coming days.

Positivity rate up

Another indicator, the positivity rate per hundred tests, also increased from 2.18% to 2.23%. And that is due to an increase in new infections. The Health Ministry added 4,492 during Saturday and Sunday, up from 3,829 the previous weekend. The total number of people infected since the beginning of the pandemic now stands at 4,988,878.