Real number of coronavirus infections in Spain could be nearly six times higher than official figure

A multi-organ donation at Almeria hospital allowed for seven transplants Credit: Hospital Poniente

THE real number of coronavirus infections in Spain could be six times higher than the official figure, according to a new study.

The FEDEA Applied Economic Studies Foundation estimates the actual figure for Covid-19 contagion is Spain is some 1.2 million, representing 2.6 per cent of the population.

This compares with the latest Health Ministry total of 210,773.

FEDEA also raised the fatality figure to nearly 34,400 by April 26. The Health Ministry total for today Tuesday is 23,822.

The study authors said that because the Spanish government figures reflect only positive diagnoses for the virus based on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, they “leave out a probably important part of infected people, including those who are asymptomatic and those who with mild symptoms who have not gone to the health system.”

They also affirmed that the intensity of infection if very linked to the age of the patient, and rises considerably among the elderly.

They concluded that in the 80-89 age group the percentage is nearly 10 per cent and in the over-90’s it is getting on for 20 per cent.

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Cathy Elelman

Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

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