The increase in hospitalizations continues to rise gradually, and it does so with particular concern in Catalonia, Madrid and the Balearic Islands. A sustained rally from last week to this one that has its reflection in the number of deaths: 73 this Wednesday, the highest figure this week, ahead of normal indicators, which usually range between 20 and 30 deaths. The community that currently suffers from the highest hospital pressure continues to be Catalonia, with 3,008 people hospitalized for coronavirus. An occupancy rate that is close to 50% in the case of ICU patients in said community, standing at 45.33%, the highest percentage of all the Autonomous Communities. In this way, Catalonia leads the worst epidemiological scenario with an increase of 474 cases hospitalized in the plant compared to last Wednesday, and 132 more positives in intensive care.
Against this background, and despite the stabilization of the incidence, the health pressure due to the virus remains in Catalonia and the head of Health foresees worst-case scenarios. Josep Maria Argimon, minister in charge, foresees that the ICUs of the hospitals in Catalonia will have about 700 people admitted the first week of August, which is expected to be the peak of hospitalizations of this fifth wave. The Catalan epidemiologist has acknowledged that the department has not been able to “predict” the virulence of the delta variant, since Salud expected an Rt of 2.3 (capacity to infect of each infected person) and has reached 2.7-2.8.
For its part, the increase in hospitalizations is also a concern in the Spanish capital. The community led by Isabel Díaz Ayuso registers a greater increase in hospitalized for coronavirus than Catalonia in a week, with an increase of 537 patients. Its ICU occupancy rate is not so high, it registers 17.92%, although patients also increased compared to last Wednesday: a total of 60 more people have been admitted in Madrid in intensive care units in seven days. Regarding the number of hospital admissions for Covid in one day, Madrid is also positioned behind Catalonia, although with skyrocketing figures: 247 in the capital and 391 in the Catalan community.
In this way, at the national level, the number of patients admitted for coronavirus this week it has increased by 39%, a figure that responds to the main key of a greater transmission of the Delta strain. Another community that also suffers in its occupation is the Balearic Islands. Despite notifying 351 patients admitted for Covid, its ICU occupancy rate is the second highest, even ahead of Madrid: a 20.58%, according to the data provided by the Ministry of Health.
The great paradox in this scenario is that incidence drops two points and slows down. This Wednesday, 3,438 fewer positive cases have been reported than last Wednesday, a new framework that, according to the Minister of Health, is the prelude to a continued recess. Even so, Carolina Darias does not encourage us to lower our guard and calls for “prudence” although the incidence curve enters a “plateau”, in the words of the minister. Health has also highlighted that only 5.5% of people with a complete pattern have been infected by the virus and 11% of those who had been infected had received only one dose.
Regarding the positivity by age range, it is still very high in the younger population but it is down several tenths compared to last week. The population group that has been giving more contagion problems in recent weeks (from 20 to 29 years) registers two percentage points less in two weeks, standing at 1,823. Even so, they are closely followed by the Covid infections of young people between 12 and 19 years old, who, with one percentage point less in 14 days, remain in 1,617 positive cases. Finally, as a fact to celebrate, 60% of Spaniards already have the complete guideline.
Source: LA INFORMACIÓN – Lo último by www.lainformacion.com.
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