Black day as three million infections are exceeded

The Basque hoteliers have demonstrated this Tuesday in Bilbao
The Basque hoteliers have demonstrated this Tuesday in Bilbao

Health adds this Tuesday 766 deaths and 16,042 infections in the last 24 hours to the official figures.

Today, Tuesday, the Ministry of Health has notified 766 deaths in the last 24 hours, figures that mark a new record of daily deaths since back in the first wave. In addition, there are a further 16,042 new infections of COVID-19, of which 7,162 have occurred in the last day. With this new data, Spain now exceeds three million infections.

The positive data is that the cumulative incidence is lower in all the autonomous communities and currently stands at an average of 630 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days.

Hospitalisations of patients COVID-19 are also lower with a fall of 1638 since yesterday. The occupation of patients with coronavirus in wards has fallen to 20.41%, and the occupation in ICU’s is now at 42.28% . However, the occupancy of ICU beds continues to be greater than 50% in six communities across the country.

Since the beginning of the pandemic in Spain 63,061 people have died and a total of 3,005,487 have been infected with the disease, as confirmed by PCR test.

Despite the record number of deaths, Fernando Simón, director of the Centre for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, said on Monday that the data reflects a “period of decline in transmission. “For this reason, some communities have begun to relax the measures and restrictions that are applied in their territories.”

This is the case in Madrid where, in addition to allowing meetings of up to six people on terraces, the curfew has been put back to midnight from next week. Sources from the Madrid Ministry of Health have confirmed that as of this Wednesday they will study whether the conditions are right to bring it in this weekend. It is currently set at 22:00.

In the Basque Country, the courts have ordered the reopening of the hospitality business starting this Wednesday. The TSJPV courts have cautiously accepted the request of the hospitality associations to allow the premises of the municipalities that are in the ‘red zone’ to be reopened ‘ despite the high rate of coronavirus infections.