The social sphere becomes the main route of transmission of the virus, ahead of family relationships
Leisure has become the main route of transmission of the virus in this fifth wave. During the week of June 28 to July 4 (the last with available data), 46 outbreaks were registered in the Murcia Region, of which 29 (that is, 63%) occurred in the social sphere, compared to only 5 originated in family encounters. These 29 outbreaks linked to leisure are more than double those detected the previous week and resulted in 302 infections, according to data published by the Ministry of Health.
is the number of outbreaks registered in the Region in the social sphere in the week of June 28 to July 4, compared to 13 detected the previous week. Only five outbreaks occurred in the family sphere, and three in the workplace.
is the number of cases linked to the 29 outbreaks registered in the field of leisure in the week of June 28 to July 4. 116 of these infections occurred in nightlife venues and the rest, in restaurants, celebrations, events, friends’ meetings or trips.
Of all these cases, 116 originated in pubs, discos and other entertainment venues, while 30 infections were recorded in restaurants and bars. Another 46 infections occurred in organized events and 30 in meetings with friends or family. The rest are associated with trips or meetings in public spaces.
But all this data is collected until July 4. Since then, broadcasts have continued to fire. There are currently four outbreaks linked to entertainment venues that Health is monitoring. The largest of all is that of the Bali Club nightclub, in Los Alcázares, which has already reached 114 cases. Another pub in this town is at the origin of another 24 infections, while 45 infections have been recorded among clients and staff of a nightlife venue in La Manga. Finally, in Totana there are six other positive cases linked to a ‘bar-lounge’.
Along with nightlife, the virus has also found a free field to spread at celebrations and, specifically, at weddings. In Mula there are 25 confirmed cases among those invited to a banquet, while another wedding in La Manga has left 31 infections.
All these data led the Ministry of Health last Friday to decree the closure of the interior of pubs and discos and to introduce new restrictions on the capacity of weddings and other celebrations.
The situation in the Region of Murcia corresponds to the evolution that is also taking place in the rest of the country. The latest report from the Health Alerts and Emergencies Coordination Center of the Ministry of Health is blunt: “Outbreaks in the social sphere and those affecting members of the same family who are not living together had had a similar evolution in recent months. However, in recent weeks, there has been a decrease in family outbreaks and an increase in outbreaks of social origin ”. The document reveals that in weeks 25 and 26 (from June 21 to July 4) there has been “a significant increase” in the number of outbreaks “linked to the social sphere”, to the point of communicating 618 outbreaks throughout Spain with 5,767 cases in week 26 (June 28 to July 4), five times the number of cases from previous weeks.
The experts in the department headed by Fernando Simón have no doubt what is behind this epidemiological ‘boom’ in the ‘social sphere’. “The vast majority of these cases are linked to trips for leisure purposes by people who have moved to another autonomous community, meetings with friends and social interactions in indoor spaces and leisure venues, as well as organized events,” says the published document. in the last hours.
Worsening throughout Spain
This strong increase in outbreaks related to free time and social interactions would be behind the strong rebound in general cases. The Health figures show the significant deterioration in the last three weeks. «The downward trend in the notification of outbreaks and cases that was observed since epidemiological week 17 (April 26 to May 2) has reversed in week 25 (June 21 to June 27), with a significant increase in the number of number of outbreaks and associated cases reported in this last week “, highlights the CCAES.
Furthermore, experts point out that in the last monitored week (June 28 to July 4), in which 1,096 outbreaks with 8,642 associated cases have been detected, it has receded to the levels of the end of April, just when Spain was playing the roof of the fourth wave.
“The increase in the number of outbreaks and associated cases reported in the last week is almost entirely due to outbreaks linked to the social sphere,” Simón’s team emphatically insists.