The Minister of Health for Andalucía, Catalina García, said that the autonomous community is experiencing a ´ rise and fall in Covid incidence rates
The minister went on to say that they anticipated these events and that it is sponsored by weather conditions that do not favour an upward trend in Covid cases.
Questioned by journalists about the situation, the councilor for Galaroza (Huelva) highlighted the fact that in the last week, in fact, there has been a drop: “We were at 88 cases per 100,000 inhabitants of accumulated incidence last week and We are at 85, we have dropped 3 points”.
A decrease has also been registered in the number of hospitalisations in the region, which currently stands at 203. Intensive Care cases have however risen slightly by 3 to 16.
The data, he pointed out, “show” that rise and fall, although they also know, and this is demonstrated by the experience in the southern hemisphere, in other autonomous communities in the north of Spain, and in different European countries where the incidence of covid and other respiratory virus is increasing, that “it will happen here too”.
European Covid report
At the end of week 43, 2022 (week ending 30 October 2022), decreasing trends continue to be observed in EU/EEA-level COVID-19 case and death rates. Hospital and ICU indicators have remained stable across the region in comparison to the previous week. The uptake of the second booster dose continues to be relatively low in target groups. It remains important to continue monitoring the epidemiological situation, especially in light of the increasing proportion of BQ.1. a variant of interest.
The pooled EU/EEA notification rate of COVID-19 cases among people aged 65 years and older decreased by 13% compared to the previous week, with two of the 22 countries reporting data on this indicator seeing increases over the past one to two weeks. Overall notification rates (all-age) decreased by 23%, albeit two of the 30 reporting countries reported recent increases.
All pooled EU/EEA hospital and ICU indicators have remained stable in comparison to the previous week albeit seven of 24 countries reported an increasing trend in one of these indicators within the previous week. A decreasing trend continues to be observed for pooled EU/EEA COVID-19 death rates which remain low at 9% of the pandemic maximum.
The cumulative uptake of a first booster dose was 65.0% (country range: 11.2–86.7%) among people aged 18 years and older, 84.4% (country range: 13.3–100.0%) among people aged 60 years and older, and 53.9% (country range: 9.2–72.0%) in the total population. The cumulative uptake of a second booster was 9.2% (country range: 0.1–33.1%) among people aged 18 years and older, 19.3% (country range: 0.3–70.0%) among people aged 60 years and older, and 7.6% (country range: 0.1–26.5%) in the total population.
Among the 10 countries with an adequate volume of sequencing or genotyping for weeks 41–42 (10 October to 23 October 2022), the estimated distribution of variants of concern (VOC) or of interest (VOI) was 91.8% (58.6–100.0% from 10 countries) for BA.4/BA.5, 11.3% (4.8–28.9% from 5 countries) for BQ.1, 1.6% (0.2–18.4% from 8 countries) for BA.2.75 and 1.0% (0.1–2.3% from 8 countries)