Wednesday, August 4

LAST: The regions of Spain tighten restrictions while experts call for a new blockade


The Health Ministry reported 25,438 new infections on Tuesday and added 408 victims to the total death toll.

The average cumulative incidence rate in Spain has doubled in 22 days from 224.88 cases per 100,000 people over 14 days on December 21 to 454 cases on Tuesday.

The latest data reveals that the number of new cases admitted to hospitals throughout Spain has skyrocketed by 64 percent since Christmas Eve and those being treated in Intensive Care Units have increased by 39 percent.

Health Minister Salvador Illa on Tuesday called the data “very worrying.” “Difficult weeks ahead“He added, saying that” January will be very complicated.

While the government has ruled out imposing a national lockdown similar to the one seen at the start of the pandemic in March, regional authorities are reviewing restrictions in an attempt to slow the spread of infections as hospitals approach the breaking point.

The health authorities of the Basque Country confined residents within their own municipalities on Wednesday, while in La Rioja all non-essential businesses were ordered to close at 5:00 p.m. and group meetings were limited to four people.

Galicia has limited meetings to a maximum of 4 people, banned all non-essential travel in its seven largest cities, ordered bars and restaurants to close at 4 p.m., and advanced the curfew in the northwest region to 10 at night.

Navarra brought forward the curfew from 10 pm to 9 pm and banned smoking in outdoor terraces and bars.

Castilla y León, which has closed its borders until May, has told all its citizens to avoid unnecessary contacts.

Meanwhile, Murcia and the islands of Mallorca and Ibiza now only allow people from the same household to meet.

Andalusia has said it will announce new stricter measures on Friday.

For the latest restrictions in each region, see the interactive map produced by the government of Spain below:

Doctors and epidemiology experts across Spain are calling for a new lockdown in an attempt to control the new wave of infections.

“We have no choice but to restrict social interaction and have a confinement of at least two weeks to stop suddenly,” insisted Alberto Infante, professor of international health at the National School of Health of the Carlos III Institute in Madrid. during an interview with Cadena Ser’s ‘Hoy por Hoy’.

“The situation is very bad and is getting worse,” warned Daniel López-Acuña, former director of emergencies for the World Health Organization (WHO) who said that we are only seeing the results of Christmas and New Year infections and we have those of Three Kings Day to come. “We are not going to flatten the curve with timid measures,” he told El País.

Murcia doctors have asked the authorities to impose a home confinement of at least two weeks as a “circuit breaker” to face the third wave.

“We understand that home confinement is a last resort that entails a deprivation of citizen rights that nobody wants,” said an open letter from the Murcia College of Physicians.

“But the situation is very serious and we have to be aware that the fight against the virus requires the effort and commitment of all to avoid more victims, suffering and the total collapse of our health system.”

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