The global evolution of the coronavirus curve in Spain is worrying, has recognized the president of the government, Pedro Sánchez
Spain exceeds 400,000 coronavirus infections, and the number of deaths from COVID since the COVID pandemic began is 28,872. Given the rise in cases that occurred during the summer and the fear of facing a situation like the one in March, the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, on Tuesday opted for a “co-governance” plan with the Autonomous Communities
11:01 HOSPITALIZATIONS INCREASE TO 341 IN ANDALUSIA, 33 IN A SINGLE DAY
Hospital admissions for coronavirus in Andalusia have increased by 33 on the last day, reaching 341 hospitalizations, of which 39 -three more than yesterday- are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), according to data from the Junta de Andalucía.
The number of patients in the ICU had remained stable in the last eight days since in that period it has been oscillating between 34 and 37.
So far in August the number has increased by about 280 hospitalized, since on day 1 there were 60 people admitted.
At the peak of the epidemic, registered on March 30, Andalusia had 2,709 people hospitalized, 438 of them in the ICU, reports Efe
10:52 THE ACTIVATION OF ‘RADAR COVID’ IN THE PRINCIPALITY DEPENDS ON THE MINISTRY, SAYS ASTURIAS
The activation in Asturias of the ‘Radar COVID’ application, a tool to track contacts over the phone, depends on the Ministry of Health, as sources from the Ministry of Health explained to Europa Press this Wednesday. “Asturias has already made the request”, they have commented.
“It is currently downloadable, but it is not operational in the Principality,” they have indicated. That it works in the Autonomous Community depends on the Ministry and not on the Principality of Asturias, they have insisted.
10:49 THE BASQUE COORDINATOR AGAINST COVID-19 ASSURES THAT “IT WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR CHILDREN TO BE INFECTED IN SCHOOLS”
The coordinator of the Covid-19 Surveillance and Control plan in the Basque Country, Ignacio Garitano considers it “extremely difficult” that the return to school of the 370,000 Basque students entails an increase in infections. Garitano considers that the sanitary measures designed that the acting Minister of Education Cristina Uriarte will communicate next Friday will allow Basque classrooms to resemble public buses, airplanes, or cinemas, spaces in which no outbreaks have been detected. The Basque epidemiologist rules outperforming PCR diagnostic tests on all teachers before the start of the course because this “photograph” will be modified in a short period of three or four days. Read the full information on Josean Izarra.
10:44 MADRID WILL ASK THE GOVERNMENT FOR DATA ON ARMY TRACKERS AND INTEGRATE RADAR COVID INTO THE REGIONAL APP
The Minister of Health of the Community of Madrid, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, said this Wednesday that he will ask the Ministry of Defense for information on the profiles of the Army trackers that they offer to the communities to know if they can be adapted to the monitoring carried out by the Counseling and “see how they fit together.”
In an interview this morning on ‘Antena 3’ collected by Europa Press, Escudero stated that any offer from the Government of Spain is “always welcome.” However, he explained that it is necessary to distinguish the trackers who carry out epidemiological surveys, the telephone operators who carry out follow-ups and the public health technicians who follow the history of patients, who are graduates and graduates.
On the other hand, regarding the request of the President of the Government that citizens download the ‘Radar COVID’ application, the counselor has indicated that he has already had conversations with the Ministry of Health but wants this app to be integrated or adapted with the regional CoronaMadrid (which already has many registrations) so as not to have to use two different systems.
The maximum health authority of the Community has indicated that the current rate of infections by Covid-19 is ascending but maintained and it is the 12 de Octubre Hospital that presents the highest numbers of admitted, “but in the rest, the situation is stable and is they are controlling the hospital beds and ICU. “
Asked about the possibility that the autonomies ask the central Executive to implement the state of alarm in a region or an area of the same offered yesterday also by Sánchez, Ruiz Escudero has asserted that the president’s intervention yesterday was “almost perverse”, since “it has not contributed anything and has resulted in a lack of leadership.”
10:38 THE OUTBREAK IN THE ASTURIAS JAIL RISES TO FOUR POSITIVES, ACCORDING TO CCOO
The Penitentiary Center of the Asturias Prison has already accumulated four positive cases of Covid-19, as reported this Wednesday by the CCOO union through a press release, which describes the Asturian prison as “black sheep” in the fight against new coronavirus in the Principality.
According to the union, the outbreak in the center shows that the measures taken against the coronavirus are not adequate. “The Asturias prison has an accumulated rate of cases 8 times higher than that of Asturias, while the accumulated rate of Asturias is at 31 cases per 10,000, and the prison staff already has a rate of 222 per 10,000, equivalent to the worst COVID areas of Madrid or Catalonia “, they have lamented, reports Europa Press.
10:21 RESEARCHERS QUESTION THE RECOMMENDED SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES AS OBSOLETE AND RIGID
The rules stipulating a single, specific physical distance (1 or 2 meters) between individuals to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are based on outdated science and past virus experiences, researchers now argue in a study published in ‘The BMJ’ .
These rules are based on an overly simplistic dichotomy that describes viral transfer by large droplets or small droplets in the air emitted in isolation without taking into account the exhaled air, explain Nicholas Jones of the University of Oxford and his colleagues. In reality, the transmission is more complex, involving a continuum of droplet sizes and an important role for the exhaled air that carries them, they explain.
Evidence suggests that the smallest airborne droplets loaded with coronavirus can travel more than 2 meters from activities such as coughing and screaming and can spread up to 7-8 meters concentrated in the exhaled air of an infected person.
Therefore, they suggest that distancing rules should take into account the multiple factors that affect risk, including the type of activity, indoor or outdoor environments, level of ventilation, and whether face covers are used. In addition, the viral load of the emitter, the duration of exposure, and the susceptibility of an individual to infection are also important.
“This would provide more protection in higher risk environments, but also greater freedom in lower-risk environments, potentially allowing a return to normalcy in some aspects of social and economic life,” they say, Europa Press reports.
10:06 A MAN WHO REFUSED TO WEAR A MASK WAS ARRESTED IN BURLADA (NAVARRA)
The National Police have arrested a 44-year-old man in Burlada who refused to wear a mask. The action has been carried out jointly with the Municipal Police of Burlada and included the action of the Police Intervention Unit (UIP).
The events occurred in a local establishment, in which this man refused to wear the mask, for which the security forces were notified. The first to arrive at the scene were the municipal police from Burlada.
However, given the subject’s refusal to put on the mask and his violent attitude, they requested the help of the National Police. Several crews appeared at the scene, including the IPU, managed to arrest the individual, who aggressively opposed his arrest, while insulting the acting agents. For all this, he is accused of a crime of resistance and disobedience to authority, reports Europa Press.
09:56 THE BALEARIC BLOOD BANK IS LOOKING FOR PLASMA DONORS WHO HAVE OVERCOME THE CORONAVIRUS
The Fundación Banco de Sangre y Tjidos de Baleares (Fbstib) is looking for plasma donors who have overcome COVID-19 and have generated antibodies against the virus.
In a statement released this Wednesday, the Blood Bank explained that these antibodies are found in plasma and could be transfused into patients to help overcome the infection.
The optimal donor is a male between the ages of 18 and 65 who has not been previously transfused. They must have the confirmation of having overcome the disease and a minimum of 28 days must have elapsed after the cure or the disappearance of the symptoms, reports Europa Press.
09:25 TODAY ILLA PRESIDES OVER A NEW MEETING OF THE INTERTERRITORIAL HEALTH COUNCIL WITH THE REGIONAL COUNCILORS
The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, today chairs a new meeting of the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System to analyze the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic with the autonomous communities.
Starting at 4:00 p.m., Illa will hold a telematic meeting with the health advisers of the autonomous governments in light of the growth of coronavirus cases in Spain, which according to the official balance of his department yesterday reached 412,553 affected, with 2,415 new positives in the last 24 hours.
09:18 THE ‘RADAR COVID’ APPLICATION IS ACTIVATED THIS WEDNESDAY IN THE REGION OF MURCIA
The mobile application for covid-19 contact tracing developed by the Government, ‘Radar Covid’, will be operational in the Region of Murcia from this Wednesday.
The Community formalized its launch with the Ministry on Monday, according to sources from the Ministry of Health in a statement.
‘Radar COVID’ serves to know how the coronavirus moves in a territory and to guarantee the safety of citizens and tourists, as it will offer instant information if the user of the app has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus and thus you have communicated it in the application.
RadarCovid began operating last week in six regions, Andalusia, Cantabria, Aragón, Extremadura, the Canary Islands, and Castilla y León, and this Monday the Balearic Islands joined, with which with Murcia there are already eight autonomies that have it in operation.
08:49 MADRID AND CATALONIA CARRY OUT MASSIVE TESTS TODAY IN SEVERAL NEIGHBORHOODS TO DETECT ASYMPTOMATIC
The Community of Madrid will carry out this Wednesday mass PCR tests to detect new cases of Covid-19 among asymptomatic people in the Villaverde district, where a week ago it already performed 1,268 coronavirus tests on neighbors with a percentage of positives greater than two percent.
For its part, the Ministry of Health of the Generalitat begins this Wednesday mass screening to detect infections in Vic (Barcelona), La Seu d’Urgell, and Alcarràs (Lleida).
In the case of La Seu d’Urgell, the screening will last until Friday and will be offered voluntarily to restoration workers who have not had a PCR in previous days and to the entire population aged between 16 and 50 years.
In this way, the autonomous government of Isabel Díaz Ayuso continues the majority screening of people between 15 and 49 years of age to detect asymptomatic infected, who represent a greater danger for the spread of the disease because they lead a normal life by not knowing that they carry the virus and they pass it on to their closest family and friends, reports Servimedia.
2.57 CASES OF COVID-19 IN MEXICO TOTAL 568,621 AND DEATHS REACH 61,450
The cases of COVID-19 in Mexico reached 568,621 this Tuesday and the deaths to 61,450 when adding the 4,916 infections and the 650 deaths reported in the last 24 hours to the country’s health authorities.
With the technical report presented at the National Palace of Mexico City, a percentage increase of 0.87% was confirmed in confirmed cases compared to 563,705 yesterday and deaths had a growth of 1.06% compared to 60,800 in the previous report.
2.20 USA EXCEEDS 178,300 DEATHS AND 5.77 MILLION INFECTIONS FROM COVID-19
The United States reached the figure of 5,773,766 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 178,347 deaths on Tuesday, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.
This balance at 8:00 p.m. local time (00:00 GMT on Wednesday) is 36,368 infections more than on Monday and 1,132 new deaths.
Despite the fact that New York is no longer the state with the highest number of infections, it is still the worst hit in terms of deaths in the United States with 32,918, more than in France or Spain.
2.16 ARGENTINA REGISTERS 8,711 NEW INFECTIONS AND 198 MORE DEATHS FROM COVID-19
Argentina registered 8,711 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday and 198 fatalities in the last 24 hours, the health authorities reported in the daily evening report of the Ministry of Health.
The total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic in the South American country are 359,638, while there have already been 7,563 deaths from the disease.
Although the main focus of contagion is the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires (AMBA), made up of the capital and its extensive urban cordon, in recent weeks community circulation outbreaks have spread throughout Argentina and there are already active in 15 provinces.