Since Spain came out of the strictest lockdown in Europe, the nation has struggled to stem the increasingly rapid spread of Covid-19 and is now considered to be firmly in the grip of the “second wave” with Madrid at the epicentre.
This has led to pressure on hospitals in some especially hard-hit areas.
With things changing quickly from day to day and from region to region, it can be hard to grasp what the status really is in Spain – are we back where we were before lockdown in March?
In this article we have picked some of the key numbers and put them into context to give you a better understanding of how the virus is progressing across Spain.
Here is a look at the latest key numbers:
312 cases per 100,000 inhabitants is the average across Spain. Unfortunately, Spain tops the leader board in Europe for the accumulated incidence data of the number of cases detected for every 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.
The ECDC sets the bar for “high level” as anything over 60 cases per 100,000 and Spain’s average far exceeds that with 312 cases detected per 100,000 people across the whole territory.
To put this in context Spain’s is far above the next highest country France which has recorded 197.8 new cases per 100,000 and more than four times high than the UK (76 per 100,000).
746.2 – Madrid continues to have the highest 14-day cumulative incidence of Covid-19, with 746.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and in the worst hit districts this has reached over 1,000 cases per 100,000 leading 37 zones to be placed under partial confinement.
10,799 – the number of new Covid-19 cases recorded on Tuesday, September 22nd with 3,125 occuring in the previous 24 hours.
However, this figure cannot be compared to the number of infections during the first wave, given that Spain is now carrying out widespread testing and detecting those who have only minor symptoms or are asymptomatic whereas testing for the most part was only carried out during the peak of the first wave on those whose symptoms were serious enough for them to be admitted into hospital.
682,267 – this is the number of positive cases that have been recorded in Spain since the start of the pandemic.
Week by week numbers are worth comparing with 64,272 in the week ending September 22nd compared to 40,427 cases for the week ending 24th August, a month earlier.