52% of the patients who already occupy intensive care units (ucis) throughout Catalonia have covid-19. They are a total of 447 of the total of 887. This percentage, which was 40% on Friday of last week and 46% on Tuesday, has risen 12 points in just eight days, which indicates the speed to which the virus is spreading. Catalonia once again has more patients in ucis with coronavirus that are without coronavirus, according to figures made public this Friday by the Ministry of Health.
There is a minimally optimistic news: although the pandemic continues to grow, it is already growing at a slower pace. This is indicated by the reproduction index (or Rt, which indicates the speed at which the virus spreads), which has dropped from 1.5 on Tuesday to 1.29 this Friday. “The rate of contagion that we were carrying is slowing down. The measures seem to be having a certain effect, but we are at a worrying level of daily cases,” the coordinator of the Covid-19 Monitoring Unit said at a press conference. Catalunya, Jacobo Mendioroz.
Together with him, the Secretary General of Health, Marc Ramentol, has specified that “This slowdown is not yet being noticed in the impact of the healthcare network”, since the income in plant and in ucis “continues increased”. “As of today, we are not yet noticing a decrease in healthcare pressure derived from the measures taken on October 16,” said Ramentol. “From the 600 patients in ucis we would be doomed to deprogramming scenarios of other activities.” The ucis are already one 87% of its capacity.
13% of patients with covid-19 attend hospital emergencies and 20% are in primary care. Consultations for suspected coronavirus also increase in CAPs.