The latest official Spanish government´s figures for the Covid-19 infection rate show that the 14 day cumulative rate shows the numbers contiunuing to grow albeit it at a slow rate.
The figures for Madrid show nearly 270 cases per 100,000 inhabitants compared to a national average of 150 and more double the rates in neighbouring Castilla y Leon ( 142) and Castilla La Mancha ( 102).
The Madrid regional government today announced that a further 21 “special health zones” are in perimetre lockdown restricting the movement of residents in and out of the zones.
The measures were imposed after infection rates rose above 350 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and affect 324,000 people representing some 5% of the Madrid regional population.
The Madrid health authorities have also announced an increase in the number of vaccinations being administered including adding the Wizink Center to the Wanda Metropolitana and Hospital Isabel Zendal.
Over the Easter long weekend over 160,000 vaccines were administered in the three centres.
This week vaccinations are being offered to those aged 60 to 65.
In addition 1.2 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine are being delivered to Spain today, Monday 5th April.
This is expected to allow to close the vaccinations for over 80-year-olds group.
To date,Spain has received a total of 9,703,645 vaccines of which 8,548,598 doses have been administered including 2,841,148 of the all important second injection.
The figure represents 6% of the Spanish population.
With the increase in delivery and adminstration rate the Spanish government is confident it can immunize 24 million of the country´s 47 million people by the end of June.
Though slightly under the 70% rate that the government had pledged to achieve by the summer,it is still a significant milestone in the quest for herd immunity and winning the coronavirus battle.
To date Spain has recorded just over 3.3 million coronavirus cases of whom 75,000 have been fatal.