This is the rolling coronavirus story for Thursday 18 November 2021
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Spain announces that booster jabs are to be made available to over 60s and health workers
Over 24,000 people in the province of Almería have turned down being vaccinated
Maribel Sánchez: "The high rejection of the vaccine in Almería is sad"
The Board figures in 24,031 people from Almeria who "have been called and have not wanted to be vaccinated"
The delegate of the Andalusian Government in Almería, Maribel Sánchez, has expressed this Thursday her displeasure at the high number of people who have not yet been vaccinated against covid-19 in the province: "It's super sad, every day I talk about the importance of vaccination. Today I was saddened to know that we are the second province in Andalusia that most rejects the vaccine. We are talking about that there are 24,031 people from Almería who have called them to get the vaccine and they do not get it in that freedom they have, and therefore Of course we are concerned, "he said.
Sánchez Torregrosa has lamented, "without anesthesia", "that lack of solidarity and empathy with family, friends, with coworkers, because that person does not stop moving, can cause the virus to pass to another person who, even if they are vaccinated If your immune system is weaker, it can cause serious problems, even death. "
"We are talking about bigger words. We are going to put responsibility on this. I am not a doctor or a scientist, but I do listen carefully to doctors and scientists, that is why the obsession of this government to encourage everyone and give all the facilities to everyone get vaccinated, "the delegate continued.
Sánchez has also warned of the increase in cases in recent days, which already threatens the arrival of a sixth wave. "We are seeing how the cases are increasing. Today we have 80 in 24 hours, many more than in recent weeks. We have 17 people hospitalized and seven in the ICU, who are risking their lives, and of those seven, removing some with pathologies serious, 80% have not given the desire to get vaccinated, in that freedom that the Constitution gives us. I think the time has come for us to be responsible for solidarity, and not to think about people they do not know, but about their parents, in their children, siblings and co-workers in the people they love, who they can put in a lot of trouble and even cost them their lives. "
Stats for the last 24 hours - 81 more cases and no more deaths
Almería doubles the number of covid cases in 24 hours and the incidence rate rises from 60
The province registers 81 positives for coronavirus, compared to 41 on Wednesday
Almería has experienced a sharp increase in coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, in which a total of 81 have been confirmed, almost double those of the previous day (41). But it is not an isolated trend in Andalusia, since 737 new positives have been confirmed in the region, compared to 564 on Thursday.
The sixth wave seems closer and closer and could hit Andalusia squarely in the middle of Christmas, no matter how much the vaccine continues to work as a brake, especially with regard to hospitalization, which remains at levels that are not yet too alarming. According to the Government delegate in Almería, Maribel Sánchez, this Thursday there are 17 people admitted to the ward in hospitals in the province and seven in very serious condition in the ICU. In this way, in the last 24 hours, only one more patient would have been admitted to an intensive care unit in the province for covid-19.
Another good news for Almería and Andalusia is that this increase in positives has not been accompanied by new deaths from covid-19. However, on this day there have been relatively few people who have overcome the infection in the province, only 17.
The increase in positives is, of course, having an impact on incidence. With the 81 new cases, the province has reached 62.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days, almost four points more than the previous day. The Almería Health District is once again the one that rises the most, by more than 5.5 points to the rate of 87.5. And within it, the capital is already approaching the rate 100, and remains at 95.9.
The only district where the incidence does not rise is that of Levante and Alto Almanzora, which remains exactly the same as the previous day, at 29.4. For its part, the Poniente rises 4.1 points to the rate of 53.6, thus abandoning the low risk against the coronavirus, in which only the Levante now remains.
Almeria Province now has 62.8 cases (approximately 4 more than the last value) per 100,000 inhabitants based on the 14 day average (red for increase; blue for decrease)
Poniente Region now has 53.6 cases (approximately 4 more than the last value) per 100,000 inhabitants based on the 14 day average (red for increase; blue for decrease)
El Ejido now has 47.8 cases (approximately 4 more than the last value) per 100,000 inhabitants based on the 14 day average (red for increase; blue for decrease)