ICU occupancy falls below 5% in first data after COVID management change


The Ministry of Health has published the first report of a new strategy against COVID-19. This completes not only the daily reports of new infections or accumulated cases of coronavirus reported on Tuesdays and Fridays for two weeks, but also the monitoring of the disease from now on. Will focus on “more vulnerable” people.

This Friday, Health provides coronavirus prevalence in people over the age of 60, recording 459.27 cases per 100,000 population, as well as detecting 43,265 new infections since the last update on Tuesday. In addition, the occupancy rate in the ICU falls below 5%, which corresponds to the state of “controlled circulation”, according to the latest COVID traffic light approved in November.

With this new pandemic notification formula, the goal is to update the report weekly and the results of self-diagnostic tests will not be considered. Thus, surveillance will be based on “reports of confirmed vulnerability factors or related cases of people and serious cases,” as said in late February. The goal is to move beyond the “acute phase of the pandemic” to monitoring through “sentinel networks” such as the flu.

The death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 102,541 since the pandemic began, with 323 deaths since Tuesday. Meanwhile, hospital data, reported similarly to previous reports, continues to decline: in addition to occupancy in ICUs, total occupancy of hospital beds by cove patients is reduced, from 3.52% to 3.34%. As well as the total number of people infected with the coronavirus, which drops to 4,150.

As for the accumulated case, the new document focuses on persons over 60 years of age. People over the age of 80 report an average of 534.68 cases per 100,000 population, while people aged 60 to 69 have a frequency of 407.28 points. According to the Autonomous Communities, the regions with the highest incidence in people over the age of 80 are Canary and Extremadura, with more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 population.

Source: El Diario


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