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Coronavirus: Nine regions at risk of moving to highest alert level | Concerns grow over ICU capacity | Government confirms parliamentary support for state of alarm

Written by on October 26, 2020

Nine regions in Spain are at risk of being moved to the highest risk category for the coronavirus, as the number of infections continues to rise nationwide.

Data released by the Ministry of Health has warned that Aragón, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Cataluña, Ceuta, Madrid, Melilla, Navarra and La Rioja are all displaying trending data that shows the regions are moving towards the highest levels of alert.

Four regions currently are at medium risk, they are the Canary Islands, the Valencian Community, Galicia and Cantabria.

The data is based on transmission of the virus, number of positive cases in the population and hospital occupancy. Nearly a quarter of all intensive care beds nationwide are being occupied by coronavirus patients, with some regions reporting just over 40% of their intensive care beds being used to treat covid-19.

Concerns are growing that an increase in transmission of the virus will further reduce intensive care provision.

The director of the Centre for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies – Fernando Simon – said in a press update yesterday that some regions could see their intensive care units reach capacity by the middle of next month.

He went on to say that they will have a further understanding of the impact this wave of the virus will have in the next 10 to 20 days.

Currently there are 16,008 people in hospital suffering from covid-19, with 2,163 in intensive care.

The Government has said that it has the parliamentary support to extend the state of alarm until May next year, after coalition parties, Ciudadanos and some regional parties voiced their support for a further extension to emergency measures.

Yesterday, spokespersons for PNV, Nueva Canarias and PdeCAT said they would support the coalition governments plans.

A further 279 covid related deaths were reported yesterday, with the total number of infections since the start of the pandemic standing at 1,098,320.