– Overcrowding is severe, says a Spanish doctor, with the sixth wave of infection increasing and pressure on hospitals increasing.
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Major newspapers write that the epidemic continues to sweep Spain and the diversity of Omicron is increasing Country and has notifications of another record of the number of infected people; 49,823 in one day, according to Tuesday’s numbers. Statistics early in the pandemic were incomplete, but the highest previously measured dates were January 21. At that time, the number was 44,357 cases.
The government and local authorities will discuss the new measures on Wednesday, NTB reports. In Portugal, they are speeding up infection control measures that are due to come into effect on December 31.
Infection pressure is very high
At the beginning of Christmas, the number of accidents nationwide in Spain showed 695 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, an increase of 68 percent in one week. The regions of Navarra, Aragon, La Rioja and the Basque Country have the highest rates of infection. There are now over 1,000 new cases per 100,000 residents in the last 14 days.
7,634 Covid patients
There is great pressure on health services and hospitals. In total in Spain, 7,634 people have been admitted with Covid-19, an increase of 20 percent from last week, according to El Pais newspaper. Of those, 1,472 are in the intensive care unit, 21 for more than seven days. However, these numbers are far from what Spain experienced at the end of January. At that time, there were 30,000 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, 5,000 of whom were in the intensive care unit.
– We’re exhausted
But now health professionals say they are overwhelmed, overburdened and overwhelmed by the sixth wave of infections plaguing the country. They report shortages of staff and replacements, double shifts, and absence of vacations that were not covered.
We are exhausted, we are very tired. The congestion is brutal, says Dr. Carolina Perez de la Campa in San Sebastian de los Reyes. Country. Many feel that the situation is on the verge of collapse.
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More than 80 percent of Spain’s population has now received at least one dose of the coronary artery vaccine.
Both local authorities and the government in Madrid are reluctant to further tighten infection control measures.
Only the autonomous region of Catalonia, which lies in northeastern Spain and includes the city of Barcelona, has stepped in to shut down nightlife, NTB reports.
The authorities there will also impose restrictions on the number of people who can gather and impose a curfew at night. The measures, which have not yet been approved by the courts, are set to run for 15 days from Friday.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez plans to gather the country’s regional leaders for a video conference on Wednesday afternoon to discuss anti-epidemic measures.
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Portugal gets tough
Portugal is speeding up infection control measures that are set to take effect on December 31, NTB reports.
Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced on Tuesday that from December 25 everyone with the opportunity must work from home, and bars and nightclubs should close their doors.
He explained that these measures are necessary due to the risk of aggravating the situation due to the highly contagious omicron variant.
There will also be a requirement to test negative for Corona for hotels, cinemas, theaters, weddings, baptisms and sporting events until January 9 at the earliest. Schools will be closed until January 10.
On New Year’s Eve, you are not allowed to gather in groups of more than ten people on the street, and it is forbidden to drink alcohol in the open air.
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