By Ron Howells • 30 April 2021 • 20:52
Spain Approaches The End Of The State Of Alarm With Declining Covid Rates.
Spain is approaching the end of the state of alarm as the cumulative incidence falls slightly and now stands at 229 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Spain’s Health Ministry has reported 9,135 new cases and 136 deaths in the last 24 hours while at the same time breaking the vaccination record with 504,000 doses injected in one day.
The indicator, used since mid-April 2020, has served as the basis for decreeing restrictions, and has remained at around 230 cases per 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants. There are now indications that over the next few days it may decrease slightly more.
Today, Friday, April 30 health registered a slight drop compared to Thursday and stood at 229.20 cases, one less than the previous day. The fourth wave of the virus, although showing an average drop for the country as a whole, registers an enormous disparity of almost 500 cases between some regions.
The Basque Country for instance has continued to be the most punished community, with an incidence of 517, more than double the 250 that the ‘covid traffic light’ marks as extreme risk. Behind it and also at extreme risk, but at a considerable distance away, is Madrid (384), Melilla (365), Navarra (342), Catalonia (295), Aragón (290), La Rioja (268), and Cantabria ( 256).
The situation existing in these autonomies contrasts with that of the Valencian Community, which has remained at 43 cases per 100,000 for weeks and is the only area one that meets the objective set by the Government to enter the ‘new normal’ post virus period, which is below 50 cases.
According to official data from the Ministry of Health, which only counts those who have tested positive, 3,524,077 people have been infected with coronavirus in Spain since the beginning of the pandemic- 130,609 are health professionals (doctors, nurses, care workers, etc).
Seventeen scientific societies in total have asked the Ministry of Health this Friday to allow those already vaccinated with a single dose of AstraZeneca to receive the second if they wish.
“We propose very specifically for this group of people that they voluntarily be allowed to receive the second dose of the same preparation and that if they do not wish to, they wait for scientific evidence of other possible combinations”, they said in a statement, which included the Spanish Society of Primary Care Physicians (Semergen), the Spanish Society of Thrombosis and the Spanish Society of Emergency Medicine and Emergencies (Semes).
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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