This is the rolling coronavirus story for Wednesday 21 April 2021
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Article about Covid 19 benefits and risks by age group
Janssen (J&J) vaccinations in Spain to start today - for people in the age range 70-79 years
Stats for the last 24 hours - 71 more cases and 2 more deaths
Almería once again touches 200 infections and adds another two deaths
362 people overcome the coronavirus in the last 24 hours
Once the so-called 'weekend effect' has passed, coronavirus infections experience a significant rise and once again touch the barrier of 200 cases, following the trend of days ago.
The latest data update by the Andalusian Institute of Statistics and Cartography (IECA) reflects this rise in positives in the province with 171 infections detected in the last 24 hours through PDIA tests (antigen test and PCR).
An increase in cases that also occurs in the rest of Andalusia, which this Wednesday April 21 adds a total of 1,896.
The province has to mourn two new deaths. There are already 788 people with Covid-19 who have lost their lives since the start of the pandemic, last March.
Hospitals in the province suffer a new blow in recent hours: 20 people are admitted, seven in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The positive data of the day is once again, one more day, in the people who overcome the Covid-19: a total of 362 in the last 24 hours. There are already 45,477 people from Almeria cured, according to the IECA website.
The province currently has 5,707 active cases: it is the result of the difference between the total number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic (51,972) and the difference between the total number of deaths (788) and those recovered (45,477).
The incidence rate in the province this Wednesday stands at 270.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, still above 250, based on what is considered extreme risk. The capital raises this rate to 387.9 (yesterday it was 373.53).
By health districts, the one with the worst situation continues to be that of Almería with an incidence rate of 374.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (on Tuesday it was 373). That of Poniente stands at 245.7 (the day before it was 269) and that of Almanzora-Levante has 105.1 (compared to 108 the previous day).
Article about Almería province vaccinations
Almería relieves its vaccination plan thanks to Janssen
Around 20,000 doses of various brands for the whole week
The authorization of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) of the Janssen vaccine against the coronavirus somewhat alleviates the dose administration forecasts in the province of Almería for this week.
The fears of the health authorities have been fulfilled and this week it is very likely that only 70 percent of the sera injected over the last week will be reached. That is, compared to some 31,000 accumulated doses in that period, this week it would reach about 20,000, including the shipment that is planned with vaccines from Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).
By laboratories, the main group of people from Almeria that would receive the highest percentage of the vaccines that will be sent from the Bidafarma headquarters in Granada will be those between 70 and 79 years of age, which is precisely the target population in which the most 'determination' has to immunize the territorial delegate of Health and Families of the Board in Almería, Juan de la Cruz Belmonte Mena.
For this age segment it is stipulated that they receive doses of Pfizer and from the next few hours it will be possible to do with Janssen, according to the statement issued last night by the Ministry of Health.
As this newspaper has learned, throughout this week they are expected to receive more than 5,000 doses of AstraZeneca (60-65 years of age) and almost 11,000 of Pfizer, the serum assigned to those who are over 70 years of age.
In the case of Moderna, only 532 vaccines will be received, which will be destined for the Torrecárdenas University Hospital, in the capital, and the Poniente Hospital, in El Ejido.
Regarding Janssen, the forecasts made at the beginning of last week are also maintained for the current one. In other words, if more than 26,000 doses were to be received for the whole of Andalusia, a little more than 2,000 would have to reach Almería.
Without counting on Janssen, by district, the global forecast points to some 7,500 vaccines in the area of influence of Almería and about 3.00 in that of Poniente. The rest would correspond to the North Health Agency (Levante-Alto Almanzora).
In its daily report, the Ministry of Health and Families of the Junta de Andalucía pointed out yesterday that to date 181,672 doses have been administered in the province of Almería, adding those of the three aforementioned pharmaceutical companies.
Regarding the population already immunized, with a complete two-dose regimen, the figure is already close to 49,000.
Therefore, it is more than likely that by the end of this week or the beginning of the next a health milestone can be reached in Almería, that is, that there are more people fully immunized than infected since the coronavirus pandemic was declared in the middle March of last year. That milestone was recently registered at the Andalusian level and yesterday at the national level, according to the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, who appeared in the Senate in parliamentary committee.
At the regional level, the Junta de Andalucía has administered until this Monday, April 19, a total of 2,261,414 doses of the vaccine against Covid-19 - 56,532 more in 24 hours -, which represents 99.30% of the doses received.
Specifically, 615,343 people - 21,625 more in one day -, 7.25% of the population, have already received the complete vaccine with the two doses, while 1,030,728 only have the first one, reports Europa Press.
Regarding the proposal to facilitate mobility for those who already have two doses of vaccine, the Minister of the Presidency of the Board, Elías Bendodo, said yesterday after the Andalusian Government Council that "we cannot have 615,000 people who are vaccinated and immunized locked up." .
Weekday stats for the area
El Ejido now has 251.9 cases (approximately 26 fewer than yesterday) per 100,000 inhabitants based on the 14 day average (red for increase; blue for decrease)
Poniente Region now has 245.7 cases (approximately 24 fewer than yesterday) per 100,000 inhabitants based on the 14 day average (red for increase; blue for decrease)
Published a short while earlier today - vaccination stats from 21 April 2021 - with data going up to 20 April for most regions