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Under 100 Covid-19 ICU patients for first time since July 2020

Vaccinations stagnate but outbreak risk (43) and transmission rate (0.8) continue on downward trend for now

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12 October 2021 11:22 AM

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ACN|Barcelona

Catalonia's pandemic indicators continue to progress positively, with under 100 Covid-19 ICU patients in Catalonia for the first time in over a year.

As of Tuesday, 96 people require intensive care in Catalan hospitals due to coronavirus – the lowest number since July 2020.

Other figures, such as the outbreak risk and transmission rate, continue to decrease. The outbreak risk, which is calculated using an iEPG index found by multiplying the average spread of the virus over the past seven days by the cumulative incidence over the past two weeks, is now 'moderate' at 43.

An outbreak risk of above 100 is considered to be 'high' risk while authorities deem anything above 200 'very high' risk. After peaking at 1,828 on July 9 due to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, the index began to decline steadily. 

The transmission rate, meaning the number of people infected per person diagnosed with the virus, is now 0.80. A transmission rate of over 1 concerns health authorities. 

Vaccination rate stagnates 

The percentage of the population that has had one dose of the vaccine, two doses and that has been fully vaccinated has not increased at all since October 8. From October 5 to 11, the percentage of the population that has been fully vaccinated has only risen by 0.4%. 

As of October 11, 2021, 5,930,950 residents have been given the first dose of the vaccine, 74.8% of the total population. Out of those, 5,087,413 have also been administered a second dose (64.3% of the total population). 5,800,482 residents are considered to be fully immunized (73.1%). 

Under 65s who have already had the virus are only required to have the first dose, and others have received a single-dose jab. Therefore, the % of two doses administered and % fully immunized do not match. 

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  • A Covid-19 patient in the ICU at Barcelona's Vall d'Hebron hospital (by Blanca Blay)

  • A Covid-19 patient in the ICU at Barcelona's Vall d'Hebron hospital (by Blanca Blay)

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