The Covid-19 vaccination drive in Spain has at last got off the blocks. According to El Pais, more than 8.33 million doses were administered in the month of April, outstripping the 8.04 million administered in the first quarter of 2021.
On the 30th April 504,823 shots were injected in a single day.
A total of 100% of the over-80s have received the first dose and 78% have received the two shots needed for full protection. Some 67% of people in the 70-79 age group have also received at least one dose.
Nearly half of the 60-69 age group – 47% – have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine – a total of 2.5 million people.
In Valencia, 26.1% of the population have received one dose of vaccine and 9.3% two doses.
The 14-day cumulative number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants now stands at 232. While the national incidence rate in Spain has been stable for a few days, it is on the rise in several regions. The data point rose in Madrid, from 393 to 395 cases; La Rioja, from 271 to 276 cases; Aragón, from 266 to 273, and in the Basque Country it jumped six points and is now at 529.
Valencia is the only region where the 14-day cumulative number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants is below 50. NB the corresponding figure for the UK is 22.6. In total there have been 671 cases in Bigastro and 9 deaths.