A health professional carries out her work at the Torreblanca residence in Sant Joan les Fonts (Girona). / EUROPA PRESS

Spain records 194 Covid deaths in 24 hours - the darkest day of the fifth wave

The country's Ministry of Health has registered 7,767 new positives as the national coronavirus incidence rate falls to 233

ÁLVARO SOTO

Monday's improvement in Spain's pandemic data was not continued this Tuesday, 31 August. On the contrary, a new record number of deaths in day, during the fifth wave of the coronavirus pandemic, was set with 194 deaths registered in the last 24 hours. It is a figure that had not been seen since the beginning of May.

The 194 deaths came as a shock, being almost 50 more than the 146 deaths reported on Monday that covered two days, Saturday and Sunday. And although the statistics for Tuesdays are usually high, because many regions incorporate data from the weekend, there was nothing to suggest that the count would rocket to that level.

Infections, on the other hand, did maintain the downward trend of the last few days. The Ministry of Health counted 7,767 positives, below the 10,000 on average that were reported last week. Since the start of the pandemic, 4,855,065 people have been infected with Covid-19 in Spain and 84,340 have died, according to official statistics from the department.

The best news comes from the cumulative incidence rate, which continues to decline at a good pace. It did so by nine, reaching 233.75 cases per 100,000 population.

Hospital pressure also reduced: 6,806 patients are admitted for Covid (7,114 on Monday), 1,571 of them in intensive care units (1,652). Coronavirus patients occupy 5.80 per cent of the total beds (6.07 per cent) and 17.39 per cent in intensive care beds (18.04 per cent).