Spain added another 3,172 coronavirus infections this Wednesday and registered a rebound of those detected in 24 hours to 1,690, which brings the total number of infected to 329,784 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the latest data provided by the Ministry of Health.
A high figure in the absence of knowing that of the Madrid region, which could not provide it due to technical problems, and which continues to place Spain at the head of Europe as the country most affected by the virus, despite the tightening of restrictions on social activity and intensify diagnostic tests.
The region of Aragon (east) remains in first position in the list of diagnosed cases, with 306, and the Basque Country (north) follows with 268, according to official data.
Catalonia with 200 new infections is today in fourth place, and is ahead of Andalusia (south) with 202, according to the latest balance of the Spanish Ministry of Health.
The Ministry of Health of the regional Government of Catalonia considers that the massive screenings carried out so far in that autonomous community are proving useful to “chase” the virus, so today it announced that it will expand the areas in which they are carried out.
This decision comes after yesterday the Catalan Secretary of Public Health, Josep Maria Argimon, considered the COVID-19 contagion curve “stabilized”, although he encouraged everyone, especially administrations, to continue working to ensure that the curve now begins to descend.
THE FEAR OF RESIDENCES FOR THE ELDERLY RETURNS
The main employers’ associations of nursing homes in Spain predict a complicated situation in the coming weeks, and that is why they have called for more restrictive measures to contain the virus: the suppression of visits by relatives and the exits of users, not only in which an outbreak has been detected but in all those that depend on the same health area.
This was transmitted today to the regional government of Madrid, to minimize the risk of contagion because in recent weeks there has been a progressive increase in outbreaks in these centers and because they consider that returning to school and the arrival of the common flu raises The danger is high, as Jesús Cubero, general secretary of the Association of Dependency Services Companies (AESTE), which brings together the large companies in the sector, explained to Efe today.
What we do not want, adds Cubero, “is that what happened in March and April be repeated because the measures were taken late.”
The sources of risk are families and workers, but just as in the second case it is not avoidable, in the first it is. Despite the fact that these proposed measures are annoying, “there is no other choice, we are talking about the lives of the elderly,” said the head of AESTE.
HOME SURVEILLANCE AND CONFINEMENTS
Among the measures adopted by the autonomous communities to prevent the coronavirus outbreaks from spreading, today they began in Zaragoza, the capital of Aragon that accumulates the highest number of daily infections in the region, the home visits of infected people.
It is a matter of seeing if they correctly comply with the isolation measures and for this, six Covid Home Control Teams (ECDC) have been created, of twelve people each, in which there will always be a social worker.
The Epidemiological Surveillance Team of each health center will be in charge of detecting and investigating the cases in which, after the telephone epidemiological survey, doubts are raised that the home isolation is being carried out correctly, as explained by the Aragonese regional Executive in a Press release.
DEATH OF AN 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL POSITIVE IN COVID-19 INVESTIGATES
The death of an 11-year-old girl is also being investigated in a hospital in the city of Tarragona (Catalonia, east) who was positive for coronavirus.
The minor died yesterday in the operating room, where she was treated urgently for intestinal ischemia and gastric perforation, according to the local press.
Despite the fact that the girl was diagnosed with COVID-19, it is necessary to know if that was the reason for the death, indicated the regional secretary of Public Health, Josep Maria Argimon.
The autopsy will clarify whether the minor suffered a syndrome similar to Kawasaki, a disease that affects children and whose main research hypothesis links her to COVID-19.