The increase in the number of coronavirus infections reported in Spain since mid-October is not only continuous, but its pace keeps accelerating.
Between Friday of last week and Monday, 22 November, (there are no official records on Saturdays and Sundays), the number of people infected with Covid-19 in Spain rose by 16,000, compared to the 9,800 people reported the week before, which means a 62 per cent increase in a single week.
This acceleration in absolute terms is corroborated in relative terms. The cumulative incidence rate of the disease per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days was 112 on Monday, 15 November, and this Monday, a week later, it stood at 132, some 61 per cent more.
Although the incidence rate in Spain is lower than that of most neighbouring countries, the truth is that the growth that started a month ago is rocketing and no one dares to say that there will be no sixth wave. The current incidence rate is more than three times higher (230 per cent) than the 40 on 14 October.
But one more piece of data points to the fact that the country could be entering dangerous territory again with two public holidays, company dinners and Christmas on the horizon. For the first time in weeks, the rate at which the percentage of beds occupied by Covid patients in hospitals is growing faster than the increase in the number of infections.
The rise in the rate incidence rate coincides with the warning from the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez that although 90 per cent of adults already have the double dose of a coronavirus vaccine that "the fight is not over" and that we must continue to apply the measures that has placed Spain among the most successful countries in the fight against the pandemic: "Mask, vaccination and responsibility."