SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 15 April 2024, Monday |

Spain’s rising COVID-19 rate gathers pace

Spain’s COVID-19 infection rate rose by more than 10% since Friday, with 15,500 cases added to the figures, Health Ministry data showed on Monday, as a gradual uptick in contagion from mid-March lows gathered pace.

The rate, which is measured over the preceding 14 days, rose to 149 cases per 100,000 people from 138 cases on Friday, the data revealed.

It had been inching higher since dropping below 130 cases per 100,000 people in mid-March and remains well below the peak of around 900 cases recorded in late January.

Monday’s infection numbers brought the total since the start of the pandemic to 3.27 million cases. The death toll rose by 189 since Friday to 75,199.

“At a national level we are in a phase of expansion” of new cases, Health Emergency Chief Fernando Simon told a news conference, noting that the trend was likely to continue in the next days.

Though bars and restaurants remain open in much of the country, Spain has banned travel between different regions and limited social events to 4 people during Holy Week to prevent Easter celebrations from triggering a fresh resurgence in contagion.

“If we manage to follow the Easter restrictions, we may not be talking about a fourth wave,” Simon added.

    Source:
  • Reuters