Author: Joan Foss | Reuters
MADRID-Spain said on Wednesday that 70% of its population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, achieving the goal set by the government for August, while the incidence rate has maintained a downward trend in the past month after a sharp spike.
According to data from the Spanish Ministry of Health, as of August 31, more than 66 million doses of vaccine had been vaccinated, 70.3% of the Spanish population had received a complete vaccination plan, and 77% of the population had been partially vaccinated.
Pedro Sanchez said on Twitter: “We have achieved this achievement thanks to the strength of the national public service, the efforts of health professionals, the work of public institutions and the high level of awareness of citizens.”
According to data from the Spanish Ministry of Health, the average number of cases per 100,000 people in Spain in the past 14 days fell from 233 the day before to 221 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to more than 4.8 million.
But the death toll in the past seven days has increased, with 352 reported on Wednesday and 319 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths caused by the virus to approximately 84,500.
The Minister of Health Carolina Darias urged citizens to be cautious to reduce the incidence.
However, as a sign of progress, the central and local authorities agreed to increase the allowable occupancy rate of outdoor sports facilities (such as football stadiums) in September from 40% to a maximum of 60% to alleviate the impact of the epidemic on clubs that have been hit hard.