There has been a spike in Spanish coronavirus cases according to the latest figures released.
The health ministry has stated that there have been 12,183 new cases with 48 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours. This means that 566,326 have been infected with the virus with 29,747 deaths.
Spain has the worst rate of infection in Europe. During past 14 days there have been 260 infections per 100,000 people. This rate is two times more than France, the next worst affected country on the continent.
Madrid and its surrounding region continues to report the largest number of cases – currently accounting for a third of all infections. It also is the region with the highest incidence rate of Covid-19 with a worrying 543 cases per 100,000 people. The number of hospital beds occupied by coronavirus patients in the Madrid region has risen in recent weeks.
On August 20, hospital occupancy for coronavirus stood at 9.4% of patients in Madrid. However, by Tuesday the figure had rocketed to 19%.
Some coronavirus patients are being moved to regions which have not been hit so hard in a bid to ease the pressure on hospitals in the capital.
Madrid’s Deputy Health Minister Antonio Zapatero described the hospital situation as “controlled” but added “this does not mean that we are calm.
“But now all people with pneumonia are admitted, something that was not done before, and around 50 per cent of the patients in the ICU are not intubated, which means that the stay is shorter,” he said.
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