80% of new COVID-19 cases in Spain among non-vaccinated people, health minister says

80% of new COVID-19 cases in Spain among non-vaccinated people, health minister says

FILE PHOTO: Police arrive to remove people gathering at Born neighborhood, as the regional governme
FILE PHOTO: Police arrive to remove people gathering at Born neighborhood, as the regional government decreed a night curfew (from 1am to 6am) to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Barcelona, Spain, May 17, 2021. REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo

The vast majority of new COVID-19 cases in Spain in the past five weeks were detected among non-vaccinated people, Health Minister Carolina Darias said on Monday (Jul 19), as new infections rose by 27,286.

Just 5.5 per cent of new cases within the period were detected among people who had been fully vaccinated, Darias said, adding 11.4 per cent were partially vaccinated and 83.1 per cent were unvaccinated.

"We must keep up the rhythm of vaccination we have reached," the minister told a news 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 steadily rising since late 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 at vaccinating its population, according to database Our World In Data, lagging behind only Canada and the UK with 51.3 per cent of Spaniards fully vaccinated and 62.1 per cent at least partially vaccinated.

Source: Reuters

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