Spanish health officials concerned by spike in Covid-19 cases

Madrid, Jul 2 (EFE).- Spain faces an increasing risk of the spread of Covid-19, the government said Friday, noting that the 14-day average of infections per 100,000 residents has climbed to 152.8.

Among people ages 20-29, the incidence of contagion approaches 500 cases per 100,000.

The health ministry reported 12,563 new infections and 27 addition deaths in the last 24 hours, reflecting the spread of the more virulent Delta variant of Covid-19.

Infections since the start of the pandemic have topped 3.8 million and the virus has killed 80,910 people in Spain.

The daily increase is at its highest level since mid-April, the ministry said. So far, the increase in infections, mainly affecting unvaccinated people under 50, has not led to more hospitalizations.

Spain’s progress on vaccination and a decline in infections the past few months has encouraged the government to relax restrictions and last Sunday saw the end of mandatory masking outdoors.

Nearly 39 percent of the Spanish population, 18.5 million people, have been fully vaccinated, while 54.7 percent of inhabitants have had at least one shot. EFE


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