The presence of the British strain already amounts to 25 percent in Spain. This was stated on Thursday by the director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simon: «We have estimates at the national level that it occupies about 20, maybe 25 percent. We cannot give precise data because there are communities that do not have an important sequencing capacity “, said the epidemiologist who added that the strain”follow the expected progression»And that there is« significant variability in the distribution of these viruses; there are communities in which the prevalence is 50 percent and in others it is below 4».
Asked why travelers from the United Kingdom are not quarantined but those who come from Brazil and South Africa (countries where the other variants of the virus come from), Simón said that “we have three higher risk variants, one of which the British one already circulates, and obviously trying to quarantine people who come with her makes less sense. However, he assured that there are few cases of the South African and Brazilian strain (seven and three, prestively) and that is why «it makes sense to control the inputs of these variants“Simon concluded.
Concern over reduced efficacy of Pfizer’s vaccine in the South African strain
Simón was asked about the effectiveness of Pfizer’s vaccine against the South African strain after learning of a study carried out by the pharmaceutical company with the University of Texas, which suggests that said strain reduces vaccine protection by two thirds. The director of the CCAES took iron out of the matter and said that “there are reports that indicate that some of the vaccines do not have the same efficacy, they are studies in the field, but the vaccine increases its generation of antibodies as time passes, so care must be taken to assess these results“, he pointed. In addition, he wanted to reduce concern and pointed out that in Spain «there is no circulation of the South African strain and where it already does it would not be taking up much space. The British does not seem to give her space and that is good.
Regarding the last Health report (320 cumulative incidence in the last 14 days), Simón said that we have been “three weeks with a clear downward trend. Although we are with very high incidence levels, above 300, the downward trend is becoming more obvious every day».
He recalled that there are seven communities with a trend below 250, “with which, if it fits with the other indicators, in a short time we will see that the alert level map will become clearer.” In any case, he said you have to be careful so as not to suffer a rebound due to the increase in prevalence of the variants that are more transmissible and he also showed reservations about what can happen with the relaxation of some measures.
Concern about the numbers in hospitals
The number of Covid cases is 14,515, according to yesterday’s report from the ministry, but the epidemiologist focused on the hospitalization data are not good: “There are 35.39 percent of ICU beds occupied by Covid patients. There are five above 40 percent occupation, that is, 2 out of 5 patients in the ICU are there because of Covid». In the case of hospital beds, the percentage is 13.5 percent with five regions above 15 percent. “They are still high figures that suggest that the measures cannot be relaxed because if the cases rise it would start from a very high level of hospital occupancy to face it.”
As for the number of deaths, it is 1,168 in the last 7 days. “We have been a small decline for several days, but we have to watch it very carefully, it is the last indicator that fell and there may be ripples but there is a downward trend.” In the last 24 hours the death toll has been 388.
Lowest fatality of the entire pandemic
Regarding lethality, the levels are low, «little more than 1 percent, the lowest levels in the entire epidemic, knowing that we started from levels of 13 percent in the first wave and between 1 and 2 percent in the second. . In the third wave we have had figures of between 1 and 1.5 percent, this may be because the population most affected in the third wave was younger.
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