Wednesday, December 1

Aragon rectifies and re-tightens the restrictions in the face of the explosion of infections among young people




The explosive spread of Covid among young Aragonese has forced the government of the socialist Javier Lambán to tighten the restrictions, a week after it extended the hours and the capacity allowed in the hospitality industry. A week ago, all of Aragon went to relaxed level 1. Now, the regional Executive rectifies, reimplants level 2 and, after doubting during the last weeks, it has decided to advance vaccination among young people.

This means that the bars of the bars are closed again, the opening hours of the hotel business are restricted until 11:00 p.m. and nightlife venues they must be closed at twelve thirty at night – two and a half hours less than until now – and the maximum allowed capacity is reduced.

The restrictions will come into effect this Friday, as reported by the Aragonese Minister of Health, the Socialist Sira Cabbage, one day after the regional leader of the PP, Luis María Beamonte, criticized the inaction of the Aragonese Government in the face of the exorbitant rebound of the coronavirus.

Last week the rebound in infections was already evident. The climb has been appreciated for several weeks. However, the Aragonese Government chose to relax the restrictions. And, in a matter of days, the situation has spilled over, with a dizzying escalation of infections among young people, at speeds unknown since the worst of the pandemic. That explosive spread was revealed last week and has skyrocketed in recent days.

Vaccination of older groups is stopping this explosive outbreak from spreading to all age groups. But among young people the figures are alarming. Hence, the Aragonese Government has also decided, finally, to advance vaccination among young people. They will begin to be immunized, while the rest of the groups in which the vaccination is already active are being vaccinated.

The ages with exorbitant Covid rates

In the Aragonese collective of Between 20 and 24 years, the contagion rate has grown out of control, reaching 1,111 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in just seven days. Extrapolating it to 14 days supposes an incidence well above 2,000 cases per 100,000, a record that greatly multiplies the extreme alert threshold for Covid.

Among Aragonese 15 to 19 years of age, the incidence is also extreme, although slightly lower: 706 cases per 100,000 to seven days. Those between 25 and 29 years of age register an incidence of 337 per 100,000 at seven days.

Infections have accelerated dramatically, and 64% of new infections are concentrated among Aragonese between 15 and 24 years of age. 14% are young people between 25 and 34 years old. And almost 4.5% are under 14 years old.

This explosive spread of Covid among young people has already caused a worrying Increased pressure for care in health centers (Primary Care). And, although it has not yet been transferred to hospitals, the Aragonese Government assumes that we are on the verge of a new rebound in hospital admissions, “even admissions to the ICU.”

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