Covid: Spanish hospitals record drop in admissions. ICU units remain under pressure
THE number of Covid-19 infections across Spain continues to fall and hospitals say number of people admitted with coronavirus has also dropped – but pressure on intensive care units continues to mount.
Numbers of cases in the fifth wave of the pandemic began to recede at the end of July and this is now reflected in the number of admissions to hospital. However, ICU units continue to be under pressure with 28% of beds now occupied with Covid patients.
Across Spain, infections began to fall on July 28 and for the first time since June this was also reflected in numbers of hospital patients – on Monday these were 10,411 people, 167 less than a week before.
Experts say it is a pattern typical of the coronavirus pandemic. At first, infections fall, followed by admissions to hospital, later by admissions to ICU and finally the number of fatalities.
The latest figures show 2,031 are in intensive care with Covid-19, 175 more than seven days earlier, 29% of ICU capability but this is expected to ease too.
Meanwhile, the incidence of the disease has continued to fall, now 549 cases per 100,000 people, down from 591 a week earlier.