Aragon has registered its absolute record of infections since the pandemic began: 740 cases detected in 24 hours. Never before have I registered so many officially notified infections in a single day. The data of this Tuesday has struck the previous record, which occurred on August 7, when Aragon notified 699 cases in 24 hours. Then it was passing through the peak of the second wave. Now the region is already in the third.
The spread of Covid had been rebounding in Aragon since the end of August, but it has soared for a week. After the Pilar festival, infections accelerated, with a multiplied spread that has worsened especially since last Friday.
Aragon, which in the summer already became the worst regional focus in Europe, is once again among the autonomous regions most affected by Covid. Only Navarra surpasses Aragon in the rate of infection, which shares the second position with La Rioja. According to the daily report issued this Tuesday by the Ministry of Health, Aragon already reaches 543 infections per 100,000 inhabitants, La Rioja 549, and 1,003 Navarra.
The infection rate that Aragon accumulates at the moment is 68% higher than the national average, which is 323 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
This new wave is already generating growing problems in hospitals in the region, especially in the ICUs of some centers that are already saturated or at very high levels. In just one day, Aragón had to admit 8 people to ICUs. There are already more than 70 Covid patients who are in the intensive care units of Aragonese hospitals, in which a total of 577 coronavirus patients are admitted. The number has been increasing for days.
Aragon is already on the third wave
In Aragon, the outbreaks of the Covid began especially early. In fact, it was the first autonomous community in which the second wave manifested itself, and with crudeness. This outbreak started at the end of June, as soon as the state of alarm in Spain was lifted. It worsened in mid-July and peaked in early August.
After that second wave came two weeks of decline in infections, but again they began to increase slowly, but steadily, from the end of August. This continuous increase has accelerated in recent weeks, in what is already a third wave that once again puts the response capacity of the Aragon health authorities to the test. The regional government chaired by Javier Lambán (PSOE) activated the health alert throughout the region this Monday, with a tightening of restrictions and firmly considering the option of confining the city of Zaragoza.