80% of new cases of COVID-19 in Spain among unvaccinated people, according to the Minister of Health
July 20 (Reuters) – The vast majority of new cases of COVID-19 in Spain over the past five weeks have been detected among unvaccinated people, Health Minister Carolina Darias said on Monday, as the new infections surged increased by 27,286.
Only 5.5% of new cases during the period were detected among people who had been fully vaccinated, Darias said, adding that 11.4% were partially vaccinated and 83.1% were not vaccinated.
“We must maintain the pace of vaccination that we have reached,” the minister said at a press conference. “This will give us an important level of protection to allow us to enjoy the summer.”
The number of new COVID-19 cases per day in Spain has been increasing steadily since the end of June, with the 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 inhabitants rising to 622.4 on Tuesday. The country of 46.9 million people has so far reported a total of just under 4.2 million cases and 81,148 deaths.
Spain is the third fastest country to vaccinate its population, according to the Our World In Data database, behind Canada and the United Kingdom with 51.3% of Spaniards fully vaccinated and 62.1% at least partially vaccinated.
Reporting by Victoria Waldersee
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