Spanish health minister: COVID-19 pandemic ‘stable’

All indicators (of the pandemic) are at this moment “stable”, which leads to “a differentiated situation” compared with other EU member states, Darias stressed. [EPA-EFE / J.J. GUILLEN]

The COVID-19 pandemic is “stable” in Spain, health minister, Carolina Darias told a press conference in Madrid on Thursday, noting that the situation in the rest of the EU is substantially worse than in Spain, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.

All indicators (of the pandemic) are at this moment “stable”, which leads to “a differentiated situation” compared with other EU member states, Darias stressed.

Despite a small increase in reported COVID-19 cases last week, with the cumulative rate of cases rising from 46 to 49 in the last 14 days, the situation is substantially better, the minister stated.

“The speed of this increase is small (…) it makes us stand out from the rest of Europe, and I want to emphasise this”, said Darias, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.

The situation is also stable when it comes to the number of COVID-19 patients in Spanish hospitals (1.8%), those in intensive care units (4.5%), or daily COVID-related deaths (8).

Taking all these elements into account, Spain finds itself in a “very mild situation, (which has) nothing to do with previous (COVID-19) situations”, she added.

The Delta variant is now almost dominant in Spain “with almost one hundred percent” of cases. The AY4.2 subvariant, also known as Delta plus, accounts for “five or six percent of the samples in the sequences,” she added.

(Fernando Heller | EuroEFE.EURACTIV.es)

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