The Spanish Health Minister, Carolina Darias,has confirmed that the Inter-Territorial Council of the National Health System (CISNS), which co-ordinates the central and regional governments response to the coronavirus pandemic, “unanimously” yesterday agreed to reduce the quarantine for infected individuals from 10 to 7 days.
The new measure comes into force today, 30th December, across the country.
The move comes as the official Spanish government´s figures show that the accumulative 14 day rate has hit new highs, reaching 1508 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, a ten-fold increase on the figures from a month ago.
As in previous figures, there are wide regional variations, with Madrid´s 2,225 cases per 100,000 inhabitants significantly higher than the national average and more than double Andalucia´s.
However, despite the extraordinary rise in infections, the number of hospitalisations has remained stable, with less than half the number in hospital as a year ago.
This is due to the lesser effects of the Omicron variant, as well as the high vaccination rates in all adult age groups.
There are currently 10,411 people hospitalised forCovid-19, representing a 8.51% occupation of total hospital beds, of which 1,773 are in intensive care, representing 19.10% of all ICUs. by Covid patients across Spain (18.71%)
To date Spain has registered 6,133,057 Covid-19 cases of which 89,331 have been fatal.