Health notifies 130 deaths in just 24 hours, a figure that has not been seen since last May
It was a bittersweet scenario that the Ministry of Health had been waiting for days and that is now beginning to come true: infections are collapsing but, simultaneously, deaths are skyrocketing. The very strong inertia reached by the infections during the beginning of July began to be reflected three weeks later in the morgues with 130 deaths in just 24 hours. This is a figure that was not seen since May 11, when Spain was still suffering the effects of the fourth wave.
To the very high mortality of this Tuesday – which denies the myth of the supposed goodness of this ‘young wave’ that never ends in hospitals or cemeteries – is added that of last Monday when in just three days there were 157 deaths to despite the festive days. Thus, the consolidated data of Health (more reliable than the newspapers) point to 280 deaths with a death certificate issued in the last 7 days, a mortality similar to that shown by the fourth wave in April.
The other side of the mortality coin was cumulative incidence. In just one day it fell almost 20 points, from 673.52 to 653.81 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, a collapse that had not been seen for weeks. Behind this important decrease is the drastic reduction in new infections in the last hours. Health reported 20,327 infections on Tuesday, the lowest number since Friday, July 8, when Spain was heading directly to the top of the fifth wave.
After several days of hesitation, the decline in incidence began to be much more general, both territorially and by age group. The AI was reduced in most of the country with very strong decreases in Catalonia (77 points), Navarra (36) or Aragon (28). The incidence only increased, and moderately, in four territories: Castilla-La Mancha (14 points), Andalusia (13), Ceuta (9) and the Canary Islands (1).
In all age cohorts, the incidence decreased, with the exception of the 70 to 79-year-old group, in which it increased but only a few tenths. Even so, the two bands that have caused the most concern in recent weeks – 12 to 19 years and 20 to 29 years – remained well above a thousand cases of AI: 1,468 and 1,559 positive per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.
The reduction in infections is still far from noticeable mortality but it did begin to be reflected this Tuesday in the healthcare pressure. After more than a month of continuous increases in admitted patients, the number dropped slightly, from 10,587 to 10,317. Something similar happened with the percentage of bed occupancy, which fell, after weeks of increases, from 8.90% to 8.69%. Where the drop in cases is not yet reflected is in ICUs, where occupancy increased again (from 20.02% to 20.40%) one more day. And it’s been more than a month of continuous promotions.