The number of infections by covid-19 continues to grow in Spain, with 5,114 new cases registered this Tuesday, according to the latest official figures, which makes it the European country with the most positives by population, according to data updated by the Center European Prevention and Control of Diseases (ECDC, in its acronym in English).
Of the 5,114 new infections recorded today by the Spanish Ministry of Health, 2,128 have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours compared to 1,833 on Monday, bringing the total number of cases in Spain to 364,196 since the start of the pandemic.
The Madrid region reported 704 new cases today and is at the forefront of the autonomous communities most affected by the virus, followed by Aragon (374), the Basque Country (282) and Andalusia (202), according to the latest official balance, which brings to 63 the deaths from covid-19 in the last week and to 28,670 the total in Spain.
Catalonia, where as of today it is forbidden to smoke outdoors, including the terraces of bars and restaurants, if the minimum interpersonal distance of two meters is not maintained, continues to improve compared to recent weeks and reported 557 new infected in the last 24 hours , half that yesterday.
With these figures, Spain has positioned itself as the European country with the most positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last fourteen days, according to ECDC data.
According to that body, the table of deaths from covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants of the last two weeks is headed by Romania with 3.1, followed by Bulgaria (1.8), Luxembourg (1), Belgium (0.8 ) and Spain, Italy, Sweden, Poland and Portugal (0.4).
The data on infections and deaths that the ECDC updates every day are subject to subsequent corrections, since the national figures are published at different times.
THE HARD REPORT FROM DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS
This Tuesday the organization Doctors without Borders (MsF) published a report in which it denounces the “unacceptable helplessness” suffered by the nursing homes during the peak of the epidemic in Spain and warns of the need to take urgent measures to prevent the coronavirus again causes a high mortality rate in nursing homes.
Spain continues without reliable data on elderly people killed in nursing homes due to covid-19, but according to those provided by the autonomous communities the number of fatalities that the coronavirus has left so far in the approximately 5,457 Spanish nursing homes -whether they are public, concerted or private – would stand at 19,672 people with covid-19 or similar symptoms.
In the report, the NGO, which assisted 500 Spanish nursing homes during the peak of the epidemic, reveals “serious problems both in the nursing home management model and in coordination between administrations, the result of which is the abandonment of the most vulnerable people to the pandemic and the lack of protection of the personnel who take care of them ”.
According to the study, there has been an “unacceptable helplessness of the elderly in residences during COVID-19 in Spain” and “these centers showed a structural deficit of resources and health supervision, and no contingency plan.”
PLANS URGENT TO PROTECT THE ELDERLY
Faced with the rebound of the virus throughout Spain, the medical organization urges measures and contingency plans that ensure “early warning and immediate response in infection control to protect” the elderly.
To carry out these plans, MsF asks “to provide financial, human and material resources” to primary care and hospitals.
The report also indicates that, “in addition to the deficiency in the infection control mechanisms and the lack of protective material, there was great uncertainty due to the asymptomatic cases and the low credibility of the diagnostic tests, which led to the implementation of strict measures isolation of residents, sometimes indiscriminately, and to restrict or deny goodbyes, visits or mobility within the residence.
“This also had serious physical and psychosocial consequences for the elderly who, in addition, did not have emotional support,” according to the MsF report, which collects numerous testimonies, including from directors of nursing homes.