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The increase in new coronavirus diagnoses that began in mid-March has caused the percentage of beds occupied by covid patients, both general and intensive hospitalization, to be on the rise since April 1. The report of the Ministry of Health of this Tuesday certifies it. The percentage of admitted by the virus is already 7.61% in the floors of health centers. And, what is more worrying, it is already almost 20% in ICUs (it is exactly 19.92%). Catalonia, Madrid, La Rioja and Melilla are above 35%, a level already of collapse. On March 26, hospitalizations reached their minimum, 6.09%, in what could be considered the end of the third wave for these indicators, which always reflect the general trend with a delay. In intensive, 18.41% occupancy was reached on April 1. This value was already very high, so its rise is very worrying.
The new daily diagnoses have been around 6,000 for almost three weeks (6,623 this Tuesday). This maintains the weekly accumulated figure at about 35,000 (33,595 in the last report), for a total of 3,317,948. This practical stabilization is not yet noticeable in the incidence, which rises again (from 163.37 to 164.71). As can be seen, the increases are small, as the director of the Alerts and Health Emergencies Control Center, Fernando Simón, said on Monday, estimating them at about two points a day. This confirms that this fourth wave rises much more slowly than the previous ones, and gives hope that its trend can be reversed more easily. Ceuta, Madrid, Melilla, Navarra and the Basque Country are above 250, the limit considered extreme risk, and only the Valencia Community remains below 50, an index with which the pandemic is considered to be controlled.
The deaths registered by covid also rise compared to those reported on Monday, and that then the figure corresponded to two days. In this latest report there are 128 more, adding up to 75,911 since the start of the pandemic. The good news, probably due to the advance of vaccines, is that this indicator has not exceeded 200 for two weeks.