Threat of a new wave in Spain, young people on the front line – Liberation

Threat of a new wave in Spain, young people on the front line – Liberation
Threat of a new wave in Spain, young people on the front line – Liberation

After the discovery of a source of contamination in the Balearic Islands last week, the authorities are warning of a rebound in the epidemic. Among the youngest, the incidence rate has exceeded 600 cases per 100,000 people.

The health situation in Spain has deteriorated markedly in recent days, with an explosion in the number of Covid-19 contaminations among young people. A rebound which forces the authorities to consider a tightening of measures even as vaccination is accelerating. The Spanish Ministry of Health identified 32,607 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday in the last 72 hours and 23 deaths.

“Today’s figures are not good at all”, commented Monday evening Fernando Simón, the chief epidemiologist of the Ministry of Health. “This data is very variable between the different age groups”, he added, referring to an incidence rate close to 600 per 100,000 inhabitants “Among the youngest”.

The incidence rate in the general population went back above 200 (204 per 100,000 inhabitants over the last two weeks) against an average of 152.8 Friday, during the previous publication of health data.

Catalonia tightens the screw

In view of the deterioration of the situation, several regions of Spain, such as Andalusia, plan to reinstate restrictions this week while, since June 26, masks are no longer mandatory outdoors.

Catalonia, it tightened the screw on Tuesday to curb the rise in contamination. “The epidemiological situation in Catalonia is extremely complicated. The number of cases is growing at an exponential rate, much higher than what we can tolerate ”, assaulted the spokesperson for the Catalan autonomous government, Patricia Plaja.

Thus discotheques and other places of nocturnal entertainment in closed spaces will have to close from this weekend and it will be necessary to present a negative antigen or PCR test, or to be vaccinated, to participate in outdoor events bringing together more than 500 people. .

Giant home in the Balearic Islands

Ten days ago, a giant outbreak in the Balearic Islands had been unearthed. At least 1,824 people have been infected after several hundred young people returned to the Iberian Peninsula to party in Mallorca. Nearly 6,000 people had been quarantined across Spain.

In an attempt to curb the epidemic, the vaccination campaign is accelerating: 40.3% of the population of some 47 million Spaniards is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, while half (55.9%) have received minus one dose of a vaccine. With nearly 81,000 deaths and more than 3.8 million cases, Spain is one of the countries most affected in Europe by the pandemic.


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