SPAIN has surpassed 900,000 official COVID-19 cases after detecting 11,970 on Wednesday.

It brings the total number detected by PCR and rapid tests to 908,056.

Of the nearly 12,000 new cases, some 5,104 came from tests performed in the past 24 hours.

Almost half of those 5,104 cases correspond to Madrid, which counted 2,212 infections, a huge jump on the 491 it had registered yesterday.

However the central region remains below 500 in terms of its incidence rate, one of the thresholds for entering new lockdown style measures imposed by the central government.

Navarra has the highest incidence rate with 774 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Melilla with 515 and then Madrid with 463.

The current average in Spain is 265 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Meanwhile 209 people have lost their lives to the virus in Spain over the last 24 hours, bringing the total death toll 33,413.

This figure does not include care or nursing home deaths or those who died with symptoms of the virus but were not tested for it.

The past seven days has seen 486 deaths from coronavirus in Spain, with Castilla y Leon, Andalucia and Madrid accounting for half, with 104, 75 and 64 respectively.

In terms of hospitalisations, there have been 2,963 over the past week.

Most of these were in Castilla y Leon (661), Andalucia (485) and Madrid (361).

There are currently 11,671 people in hospital with the virus in Spain, 374 more than yesterday.

It means 9.84% of hospital beds nationwide are being taken up by coronavirus patients, a figure which jumps to 18.76% in intensive care units.

Some regions are much more afflicted, with 41% of Ceuta’s beds taken up by the virus, Madrid 37% and Aragon 32%.

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