The cumulative incidence (AI) of covid-19 in Barcelona, that is, the number of cases diagnosed per 100,000 inhabitants that serves to determine the real risk of infection, has been decreasing in the last seven days, also in the neighborhoods with the highest incidence of the illness.
He director of the Catalan Public Health Agency, Xavier Llaberia, has reported on this evolution of the pandemic in the Catalan capital in the presentation, this Saturday, together with the Barcelona Councilor for Health, Gemma Tarafa, of the mass screening that takes place this weekend in the Trinitat Vella neighborhood.
Llaberia explained that, despite this trend, the Health department wants to “lower more” the incidence of the pandemic virus, which It is also decreasing in the most affected neighborhoods of the capital.
Stability in Catalonia
In the whole of Catalonia, he indicated, the data reveal a “stability” in the hospital situation, in the number of patients admitted to the ward and in the intensive care unit, after the increase in cases of “three or four weeks ago” . Regarding the situation of Catalan hospitals, he declared that “there is a certain cushion in the” health “system to control the clinical situation”.
Llaberia and Tarafa have explained that the Ministry of Health and the Barcelona City Council agreed to carry out a massive screening this Saturday and Sunday in Trinitat Vella, in the Sant Andreu district, as it is one of those with the highest incidence rate.
1,200 PCR in Trinitat Vella
Tarafa has reported that some 7,100 people in the neighborhood are called to carry out a virus contagion test, tests that will be carried out from nine in the morning to seven in the afternoon at the civic center of the area and at the headquarters of the Fundació Trinitat Jove, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. The forecast is that, in both centers, a total of 1,200 PCR tests will be carried out.
Llaberia and Tarafa have made a special appeal to participate in this screening to people between 20 and 50 years, generally asymptomatic if they have been infected by the virus. “It is not only a personal benefit, but a collective work”, of “social responsibility”, said Llaberia, who has stressed that, when identifying an asymptomatic virus, “the chains of transmission are broken.”
Tarafa added that this action joins the work of the 230 informants that the City Council has arranged to work against the epidemic and that of the Quarantine Office, which provides support to people with difficulty to be able to correctly carry out the isolation indicated by the doctors. The councilor has also reported that the occupancy rate in the three hotels that the Generalitat and the City Council have in the city to accommodate people who must spend forty is 30 places in one of them, another 30 in a second, and 10 more in the third.
The massive screening in Trinitat Vella adds to the previous events in the neighborhoods of Torre Baró, Raval Nord and part of Besòs and Maresme. The four are those with a virus incidence rate above the city average. With respect to control of the epidemic in schools, Llaberia has indicated that Screening tests will be carried out in schoolsThe intention is that “the system goes to school so as not to collapse the primary care centers.” Llaberia has specified that in her department they are still working on choosing the first centers in which they will be made massive tests, but has reiterated that it will be those schools in which “there is a greater incidence.