Spain's COVID-19 incidence drops below 'extreme risk' level

by Reuters
Tuesday, 23 February 2021 18:23 GMT

MADRID, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Spain's coronavirus incidence slipped below 250 cases per 100,000 people - a threshold the Health Ministry considers as "extreme risk" of contagion - for the first time in two months on Tuesday.

The indicator, measured over the past 14 days, fell to 236 cases from 252 the previous day and from a record 900 cases at the end of January, health ministry data showed.

It added 7,461 cases to its tally of infections on Tuesday which now stands at 3,161,432 since the start of the pandemic.

The death toll increased by 443, to a total of 68,079, although most of the newly-registered deaths occurred in the previous days, the data showed. The daily death toll has been in decline for the past month.

With a third wave quickly receding and the vaccination campaign in full swing, several regions have relaxed restrictions such as night-time curfews in the past couple of weeks. (Reporting by Andrei Khalip Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

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