It paints fatal. Spain is the European Union (EU) country with the highest number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.
It is also the country with the highest rate of infections according to the size of its population, since the accumulated incidence in the last 14 days is 256.57.
And also, it is the country with the largest number of regions among the most affected in the union. The data for the Community of Madrid are the worst of them all.
Nine of the ten regions with the highest infection rate in the European Union are in Spain: Community of Madrid, La Rioja, Basque Country, Navarra, Region of Murcia, Aragón, Castilla y León, Balearic Islands and Castilla-La Mancha. The only non-Spanish in the top ten is to be found in the Antilles, the French archipelago of Guadeloupe.
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The Community of Madrid has ranked first in Spain and in Europe since the end of August in the number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, according to data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
The Community of Madrid is studying the reopening of the Ifema Hospital due to the increase in infections in the region and the increase in hospital pressure with 2,761 admitted to the hospital for coronavirus, according to the report published this Wednesday by the Madrid Ministry of Health.
As sources of Health of the Community of Madrid have confirmed to RTVE, this option is on the table and being studied.
On July 28, the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, announced the possibility of activating the Isabel Zendal emergency hospital in two pavilions of Ifema, which can be operational in 48 hours. They would be reactivated until the new pandemic hospital – which will be located in the Valdebebas area, in the City of Justice – is at full capacity.
An increase in cases of 64%
Coronavirus infections in the Community of Madrid have suffered a rebound in the last 24 hours, going from 912 to 1,501, an increase of 64% to which must be added 3,433 PCR positives dating from previous days and have now been incorporated to the count, while the death toll remains stable with 27, two more.
The Deputy Minister of Public Health and the COVID-19 Plan of the Community of Madrid, Antonio Zapatero, has advanced that this weekend “more drastic” measures will be announced to stop the advance of COVID-19 “in the line of selective confinements” in areas with more incidence, restrictions on mobility and concentration of people, without further details and without pronouncements by the president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso.
These measures have plunged the people of Madrid into uncertainty and have generated some discomfort in the regional Executive, which this Wednesday canceled its usual press conference after the Governing Council meeting.