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This Monday added 37,889 new cases of coronavirus since last Friday, the highest number since March, when the pandemic broke out. Almost seven million people will see their ability to mobilize reduced.

Spain added 37,889 new cases this Monday of coronavirus since last Friday, the highest number of the pandemic, and close to one million infections (974,449) since the beginning of the health crisis, with a total of 33,992 deaths -217 in the weekend-, a situation that It is multiplying perimeter confinements throughout the country, while worries about the increase in infections in the face of winter.

With the intention of preventing the incidence from spilling over into this second wave, the Spanish health authorities they study what strategy to follow in the coming months and, specifically, it is urgent to know how Madrid will act as of next Saturday, when the state of alarm decreed by the Spanish Government ends just over a week ago.

For now, to the perimeter confinements in force in Madrid and other cities such as Salamanca, León or Palencia (all three in Castilla y León) Burgos will join this week (175,000 inhabitants), in the same region, and the entire autonomous community of Navarra, after the infection rate has exceeded 500 per 100,000 people.

In all cases, in addition to confinement, leisure-related restrictions increase and the hospitality sector -with capacity reduction to 50% and early closure of bars and restaurants-, as well as the limitation of events and social gatherings, among other measures.

These are the criteria also established in the region of Aragon (east), which from today enters an alert level 2, but it doesn’t rule out confinements perimeter according to the evolution of infections.

In total, there will be more than fifty municipalities and about seven million people who have limited mobility in Spain, a figure that is expected to increase in the coming days as other towns are in a critical situation.

According to the latest data offered by the Spanish Ministry of Health, the Basque Country region (north) is the one with the most new positives confirmed in the last 24 hours, with 634; followed by Aragon (east), with 476; Navarra (north), with 466; Galicia (northwest), with 397, and Madrid, with 354.

The cumulative incidence in Spain in the last 14 days (diagnosed cases per 100,000 inhabitants) is 312.22 (compared to 280.8 last Friday), while hospital occupancy is 10.3% (9.8% on Friday) and that of the ucis of 21.04% (19.56% on Friday).

“The stability we were seeing in recent weeks seems to have a rebound “said at a press conference the epidemiologist Fernando Simón, health spokesman for the pandemic in Spain, who pointed out that the average is 14,000 daily infections.

Simón assured that it is “expected” that with the arrival of winter, if prevention measures are not taken into account, there is an increase in the incidence of covid.

The latest data offered by the Spanish Ministry of Health place fatality about 1%, a very low level when compared to the peak period of the pandemic, between the months of March and May last, when it reached 12%.

The levels of incidence of the virus have increased among the young, specifically in the range between 15 and 19 years and between 20 and 29, although an increase in cases is also observed in those over 80, which directly impacts the number of deaths, as explained by Simón.

“We did not evolve as well as we would like and the accumulated incidence of 312 is very far from what we would like to achieve,” he remarked.

Given the end of the state of alarm in Madrid next Saturday, those responsible for the Spanish Ministry of Health and the Madrid regional government have intensified their contacts in the last hours in search of the measures that will be necessary to adopt.

This week there will be three key meetings for the future of the region, in which the Madrid authorities will propose that drastic measures be adopted to reduce the positives and that they be applied now to “to be able to arrive at Christmas with guarantees”, according to the Madrid vice president, Ignacio Aguado.

The Spanish Government rules out an extension of the state of alarm, but considers it necessary maintain certain restrictions in the autonomous community.

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