19 Jan, 2022 @ 18:55
1 min read

COVID UPDATE: Has Spain reached its peak in omicron wave of infections?

A judge has ordered the Valencian Ministry of Health to compensate 150 Alicante health workers who did not have any proper PPE equipment in the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Alicante court says doctors, nurses, and health support staff are entitled to compensation amounts varying between €5,000 and €49,180 for 'personal and moral damages'. There has been no comment from the Valencian government or Health Ministry. It's presumed that an appeal will be launched against the ruling. The lawsuit was filed against the regional Health Ministry by the Sindicato Medico(Medical Union). It claimed compensation on behalf of 150 Alicante area members for the 'non-compliance' of the Ministry for not providing safety protection between March and May 2020. The Alicante court ruling obliges each worker to get €5,000 if 'they were forced to work without adequate protection elements'. The payout is €15,000 for 'each workers who had to go into isolation if they were in contact with anybody infected with COVID-19'. A €35,000 payment is ordered for any worker 'infected with COVID-19 but who did not require hospital admission'. Any health worker who did catch the coronavirus and was hospitalised will get the highest amount of €49,180. The Sindicato Medico says that it is pleased by the recognition the court has given its members and pointing out the 'negligent attitude towards health and safety' of health workers. Similar claims have been filed in other courts in the Valencian Community.
Cordon Press Image

SPAIN has been in the grip of the sixth wave of coronavirus infections with the number of cases soaring in the run up to Christmas and over the festive period.

But for the first time in two-and-a-half months, the data shows a drop in new infections suggesting that the current wave of infections has plateaued and will begin its downward trend.

The latest report from Spain’s Health Ministry showed that the 14-day cumulative rate fell by 91 points to 3,306 cases per 100,000 people.

It reached a peak on Monday when the incidence rate across Spain was recorded at 3,397 cases per 100,000 people.

Captura De Pantalla 654

However, experts warn that the data can be unreliable thanks to the prevalence of home testing and the failure by many to report positive cases to local health authorities or for them to be included in the official count.

 In terms of the number of COVID-19 patients being admitted to hospital, the figures are a lot lower than in previous waves.

The latest report shows that there are currently 18,918 COVID patients hospitalised across Spain, representing a 15.17% occupation of hospital beds across Spain.

Of those, 2,243 are in intensive care occupying 23.69% of ICU beds. Hospital admissions are at thieir highest in Catalunya where 42% of ICU beds are occupied by COVID patients followed by 30% in Navarra.

Official data shows that more than a quarter of Spain’s population has had COVID since the pandemic began.

On January 14th, Spain’s Health Ministry racked up an official count of 8 million infections out of a population of 47 million.

But official sources said that the true number of infections would be far higher.

La Vanguardia reported that estimates from the Health Ministry put the figure closer at 12 million cases, meaning a quarter of the population of Spain has been infected.

More than 90% of Spaniards have now been fully vaccinated with a booster programme now being rolled out to the over 40s.


Fiona Govan

Fiona Govan joined The Olive Press in March 2021. She moved to Spain in 2006 to be The Daily Telegraph’s Madrid correspondent and then worked for six years as Editor of The Local Spain. She lives in Madrid’s Malasaña district with her dog Rufus.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Robot De Cocina Monsieur Cuisine Plus
Previous Story

Lidl wins legal battle over its much cheaper version of Thermomix kitchen gadget

Most Wanted Crimestoppers
Next Story

‘He could be your neighbour’: Hunt for 12 most wanted British fugitives believed to be hiding out in Spain

Latest from Coronavirus

Go toTop

More From The Olive Press