This is the rolling coronavirus story for Saturday 17 April 2021
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Infection levels dropping in the province for the over 65s
Covid Almería report: only 8% of infections occur in people over 65 years of age
The effects of the vaccine are already being noticed in the fourth wave
The more than 168,000 vaccines against the coronavirus that have been given in the province of Almería already show positive data on the evolution of the pandemic.
An analysis of the contagions notified to the Ministry of Health by the Ministry of Health and Families of the Junta de Andalucía determines that of the total of positive cases in the 103 municipalities of Almeria, not 8 percent of them correspond to neighbors with ages over 65 years.
Specifically, between April 1 and 15, around 2,000 infections have been detected in PCR tests and antigen tests, of which 156 correspond to the age group 65 years and older. And with regard to the exclusive segment of more than 85, there are only 12 cases reported.
Along with this, in the Official Gazette of the Junta de Andalucía this week, in the Health report, it is emphasized that Almería is together with Córdoba the only province of the community where no positive Covid-19 has been registered in its centers for the elderly, neither among users nor workers.
The provincial delegate for Health, Juan de la Cruz Belmonte, also emphasizes the statistic that no hospital admission from Almeria has been detected that has received at least one dose of vaccine.
The health authorities are concerned about the high percentage of positivity that exists among the youngest, in the 0-14 year-old segment, who continue to represent almost 20 percent of all notifications.
So far this month, of the 2,000 infections, 335 are assigned to that group. And young people between 15 and 29 years old are the majority group, with a percentage close to 28 percent (557 positives notified from April 1 to 15).
The figures are almost similar in the two segments not mentioned so far, those between 30 and 44 years of age and 45-64 years. Both add up to around half of the positives in Almeria at the beginning of the fourth wave of the pandemic.
In the same way, in the hospital occupation a reduction in the average age is also being observed, compared to the first wave in which the elderly were the most affected, both in the plant and in the intensive care units.
In any case, the effect of vaccination and mobility restrictions are giving reason to the managers of the pandemic at the national and regional level when they anticipated a fourth wave of less intensity than the third (from early January to mid-March, approximately).
In the case of Almería, compared to the almost 4,700 cases of coronavirus declared in the 15 days after the Christmas holidays, in the first 15 days of April, after Easter, only 2,000 have been reported, which represents a considerable decline.
One of the days this week, the number of notified from Almería did not even exceed one hundred.
On the evolution of the pandemic, the Minister of Health and Families of the Junta, Jesús Aguirre, spoke this week in the Parliament of Andalusia.
As in the analysis carried out in the province of Almería, he referred to the situation of the plateau. "Possibly we are at the top of a saw tooth," said Aguirre Muñoz in the Autonomous Chamber.
According to Europa Press, there is a "slow and permanent rise" in infections and the incidence rate in the community, although "perhaps it is not more forceful" thanks to the level of seroprevalence that already exists in part of the population due to having passed the Covid -19, as well as the vaccination process currently underway, all of which allows the rise in incidence "not to be so explosive."
A very informative video about the various vaccines - La Voz de Almería had a link to a version dubbed into Spanish - this is the original in English
Stats for the last 24 hours - 180 more cases and 1 more death
Almería kicks off the weekend giving life to the fourth wave: 180 positives and one deceased
Hospital pressure receives a small respite as there are 11 fewer people, two of them from ICU
The general feeling that the fourth wave of the pandemic is already here has been endorsed again today Saturday with the report sent by the Ministry of Health and Families that indicates that 180 new cases of COVID-19 positives have been counted in the Province. A figure lower than that registered yesterday Friday, when they were 205, but which continues to raise the weekly and monthly average.
And another negative fact: today a new death has been counted again. According to the report that the Ministry of Health and Families of the Junta de Andalucía disseminates daily to the media, unfortunately a new death must be added, thus breaking the positive streak of this week since so far only three had been notified deaths (two on Wednesday and one on Thursday), which, in global terms, represents a clear reduction in mortality compared to previous weeks. In this way, this new death brings to 776 the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
With regard to hospital pressure, it has received a break and is reduced by 11 people. If this Friday there were 155 people hospitalized, 51 in the Intensive Care Unit, on Saturday there are 144, of which there are 2 less in the ICU when 49 are counted. According to the report of the Board, today nineteen new hospitalizations of which eleven have required ICU. Despite this significant increase, there have been a notable number of registrations that have dampened this rise.
Another obvious sign that the fourth wave is already rampant in the province is that the number of recovered is once again lower than that of new cases. On this occasion, 81 people have already been registered who have already definitively overcome COVID-19, which brings to 44,200 those recovered at the provincial level. In this way, there is a negative balance this Saturday of 99 (180 positive and 81 recovered).