COVID-19 : Coronavirus in Spain and in the world: data, measures and restrictions

The incidence of the coronavirus in Spain continues to decline, although the number of deaths (388 notified yesterday, according to Health) and the occupation of the ICU (35.39%) do not allow measures to be relaxed. Although it continues to fall and is at 320.81, the Accumulated Incidence at 14 days is still far from the goal of 25 cases per 100,000 inhabitants set for the state of alarm. In the whole of the planet, the total infections exceed 110 million, according to Johns Hopkins, and the deaths exceed 2,440,000.

10:15 | The Community of Madrid eliminates the perimeter closure in 31 basic health areas and maintains the curfew at 11:00 p.m. until March 1

The Community of Madrid has updated the coronavirus containment measures this Friday, which are basically summarized in two. On the one hand, the curfew is delayed at 11:00 p.m., a measure that will continue until at least next Monday, March 1. Consequently, the hotel business will close at 11:00 p.m., although they will not be able to admit new customers after 10:00 p.m.

On the other hand, Antonio Zapatero, deputy regional minister of Public Health, has advanced that this Monday 31 basic health areas and 7 municipalities will no longer have restrictions.

9:45 | Germany adds 508 more deaths linked to COVID-19

The German health authorities registered 9,113 new positives in the last 24 hours – compared to 9,860 a week ago – and 508 fatalities – compared to 556 -, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) of virology updated last midnight. The cumulative incidence fell slightly in the whole of Germany to 56.8, compared to 57.1 the day before, while a week ago it was at 62.2. The number of positives since the first contagion in the country was announced on January 27 of last year totals 2,369,719 -of which 2,176,300 are recovered patients- and the number of fatalities with or from COVID-19 rises at 67,206.

8:45 | Fourth weekend of perimeter closure in cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants of the Valencian Community

The 16 cities of the Valencian Community with more than 50,000 inhabitants apply from 3:00 p.m. this Friday its fourth consecutive weekend of perimeter closure, so that until 6.00h. On Monday you will not be able to enter or leave them without just cause, a measure that affects 2.3 million citizens. This perimeter confinement affects: Alicante, Alcoi, Benidorm, Elche, Elda, Orihuela, Petrer, San Vicent del Raspeig, Torrevieja, Valencia, Torrent, Sagunto, Gandia, Paterna, Castellón and Vila-real.

8:30 | Catalonia decides today whether to reduce restrictions

The epidemic curve in Catalonia, which has fallen since January 13, has slowed down, which has led the Procicat to postpone a meeting scheduled for Thursday in which it has to decide whether or not to maintain the restrictions. In addition to the increasing speed of the virus’ spread, ICU patients have also rebounded, adding 1,862 new infections and another 59 deaths from COVID in one day. While waiting for the Procicat to mature a possible relaxation of restrictive measures, which was expected in the commerce and mobility sector for Thursday, experts have already spoken out against any opening in this regard.

8:00 | China, no local infections

China registered 10 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, all of them imported, and no contagion by local transmission, the National Health Commission reported today. On the other hand, the health authorities also reported today the detection of 8 asymptomatic infections, all of them from abroad. The total of this type of infections under observation is 338, of which 282 are imported. The total number of active infected in mainland China stood at 484, of which 8 are serious.

7:30 | Brazil exceeds 10 million cases of COVID-19

Brazil surpassed 10 million cases of COVID-19 this morning, pending the arrival of more vaccines and amid the controversy generated by reports of fraud in the inoculation of the antigen that are being investigated by the police. According to Efe reports, with a daily average of a thousand deaths per day, the Latin American giant is going through one of the most critical moments of the second wave of the pandemic. The authorities fear that the situation will worsen in the coming weeks with the spread of new variants of the virus and with the increase in cases after the crowds registered during the Carnival holiday. The health crisis could worsen even more due to the suspension of the immunization process in various cities of Brazil due to the lack of doses of the anticovid vaccine when only a little more than 2% of the population has been immunized.

7:00 | France will allow festivals and concerts of up to 5,000 people in summer, with restrictions

France will once again allow music festivals and concerts this summer despite the pandemic, as long as capacity is limited to 5,000 people and that they remain seated and separated from each other, local press reports. The Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot, confirmed in a meeting with festival organizers and representatives of the sector that these events may be held during the summer of 2021, but respecting a strict protocol, after a year in which there were hardly any musical meetings with the public. In addition, Bachelot announced the launch of an economic fund of 30 million euros to help festivals, reserved for those who are forced to modify or cancel their programs.