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‘IT WORKS’ – Murcia sees 20% drop in COVID caseload after one week of bar closure

BayRadio | November 17, 2020
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Murcia’s COVID caseload has seen a significant 20% drop in just one week, following strict bar and restaurant closures.

Murcia’s accumulated incidence hit a peak of 712 cases per 100,000 inhabitants on Monday, 9th November.

Just two days prior – on Saturday, 7th November – the Región de Murcia ordered all bars, cafés and restaurants to close. 30th October also saw the prohibition of movement between municipalities.

But according to an update from MurciaSalud’s spokesman, Jaime Pérez, the measures have ‘worked’.

Pérez told reporters in a televised briefing (see below) the Región’s accumulated incidence dropped 20% to 672 cases per 100,000 inhabitants recorded in today’s national COVID-19 update. Source.

A graph of Murcia’s accumulated incidence appears to show a peak and decline. Source.

“We are flattening the curve – yes, it’s good news,” the spokesman for MurciaSalud said.

Pérez added that each one of the Región de Murcia’s 45 municipalities experienced a drop in cases per 100,000 inhabitants (accumulated incidence) – except for Puerto de Lumbreras and Yecla.

He said that, on Monday 9th November, the region recorded 797 new diagnoses. A week later that figure has reduced three-fold to see 280 new coronavirus cases.

Pérez said the situation was still ‘delicate’ however, as hospitalisation figures take longer to flatten than those of daily new diagnoses.

“The pressure on hospitals is still worrying,” he said.

Murcia still has 11,141 active COVID-19 cases, with 617 in hospital and 102 in UCIs.

These numbers are nevertheless down from 632 in hospital a week ago.

The fall in figures means Murcia is one of only three autonomous communities still in the ‘alto’ high-risk category according to Spain’s four-tier COVID-19 alert system. Read more here.

It joins the Balearic Islands and Galicia – although the Valencian Community has a lower accumulated incidence today than both those regions, it is on ‘extremo’ extreme risk due to UCI occupancy. Read more here.

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