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CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures

Spains Ministry of Health has now updated its data for Friday 19 June, having previously maintained during 12 days (since Sunday 7 June) a figure for the total number of Coronavirus-related deaths at 27,136.

After carrying out a validation of the deceased cases and correcting the historical series, the latest official figure* released by the ministry for the total number of deaths (updated to 14h today) is now 28,315. This is 1,179 more than the figure released on 7 June. The ministry also states that 40 of these deaths have occurred in the past 7 days.

Thursdays figure had shown 52 deaths in 7 days. Wednesday had been 30 deaths in 7 days.

The current known peak of recorded deaths related to Coronavirus in a 24-hour period in Spain was on 2 April, when 950 deaths were registered.

The official figure* released on Friday 19 June for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus only through a PCR test is now 245,575 – an increase of 154 over Friday.

Of the 154 new cases, 44 are in Madrid, 32 in Catalonia, 25 in Aragón and 18 in Andalusia.

Thursdays figure for the daily increase of infections only through PCR testing had been 143 over Wednesday. Wednesdays comparative figure had been 141 over Tuesday. Tuesday had been 76.

The current peak of recorded infections for a 24-hour period in Spain was on 31 March, when 9,222 new cases were registered (including from PCR and antibody).

A full breakdown in Spanish of the data per region, together with age group statistics can be found by clicking here.

For yesterdays report, please click here: Coronavirus in Spain figures (18 June)

Salvador Illa and Fernando Simón
Health Minister Salvador Illa and Fernando Simón during a press conference on 28 May 2020. (Pool Moncloa / Borja Puig de la Bellacasa)

Confusion and discrepancies

Whilst the Health Ministry has now updated its official Coronavirus mortality figures following on-going discrepancies with the data released by some of the countrys regional health authorities – there are still huge differences in the excess mortality figures published for this period in Spain.

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Spains National Statistics Institute (INE) recently published figures showing that the number of deaths for the first 21 weeks of 2020 have been 24% higher than for the same period in 2019 – based on information received from the countrys civil registries (1 January to 24 May). The number of deaths during this period for 2020 is 43,945 higher than in 2019.

The INE report of its latest statistics also states that the week between 30 March and 5 April saw the highest number of deaths in the year, with 20,575 deaths, 154.6% higher than the same week in 2019′. During the week of 18 May – the last week included in the study – an estimated 7,470 people died, which is a similar figure to the 7,429 from the same week in 2019′, the INE stated.

Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa has said that, Spain is following a very strict definition of cases [both for deaths and infections of Coronavirus] in line with international authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 and then dies is considered a Coronavirus fatality.

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The ceremony will be presided over by King Felipe VI and will be attended by the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, and also the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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