Covid: in region of Madrid, cases up 82% in 7 days

90% tied to Delta variant, 80% were not vaccinated

23 July, 14:17

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, 23 LUG - The region of Madrid is experiencing a strong increase in Covid infections, with an 82% increase in the past week and over 90% of cases caused by the Delta variant, which is much more contagious than the original virus strain, said Cabinet Minister of Health of the Community of Madrid Enrique Ruiz Escudero.

    The majority of infections are among young people, with 27 years old the average age of new infections, while 80% of new infections were among the unvaccinated.

    Escudero said, however, that for now the increase in cases "is not proportional" to hospitalisations.

    Madrid is still one of the very few Spanish regions that for the moment has not announced new restrictions, such as a nightly curfew, reduced opening hours for clubs and restaurants and limits on the number of people who can gather.

    The uptick in infections is also occurring in various other areas, in particular in the regions of the north.

    Escudero said that "a series of indicators" point to a situation in which the pace of infections is beginning to slow, and he asked the central government for more vaccines to speed up the process of immunising people.

    The region of the new wave, Catalonia (northeast), is the first to see a slowdown in virus transmission, although pressure on the local health departments and hospitals remains high.


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