The coronavirus continues to generate many doubts: how it reached the human being, how it is spread, why it affects some people or others more, and even the number of victims it causes are still under discussion. And possibly Spain is one of the countries with the most doubts about it: not only because of knowing why it is one of the most affected places in the world, but also because of the chaos that has been generated with the numbers of those affected and killed by covid-19.
This strange situation has caused that even the prestigious 'Financial Times' has echoed the strange situation that is taking place in our country, focusing on the strange dance of figures that is taking place in the last days. And is that while Pedro Sánchez celebrated that in the last 48 hours there had not been a single victim of coronavirus in the national territory, Madrid and Castilla-La Mancha reported at the same time 17 deaths. What happen?
The problem has to do with the change in the counting system of the last days, since the ministry only adds new deaths to the accumulated total if they occur in the 24 hours prior to the daily bulletin. If there is any death prior to that period but it was not communicated the previous day due to not having the information on time or not having it, not added in next day's update, but only once a week, when the total figures are reviewed.
That situation generates a movement of data that was staged this Wednesday. While the Ministry of Health confirmed that the number of deaths in the last week increased from 34 to 63, the total accumulated since the pandemic began only increased by one person, to 27,128 deaths. According to 'FT', there is no attempt to manipulate the information, but simply lack of control due to not being able to possess all the figures in the necessary time and form.
But, in turn, it raises doubts that the containment measures have been responsible for preventing new deaths from occurring in the last 48 hours. Obviously they have been essential to prevent the number of infected and deceased from continuing to grow, but perhaps that zero that appears in the number of deaths also has to do with erroneous data, which generates doubts that, misunderstood, can become a unreal sense of security.
Thus, another problem is that those autonomous health systems have repeatedly provided late or inaccurate death figures. But in reality it is not so much the problem of communication or the adulterated figures, but rather the false sense of protection against the virus that it creates in the population, especially at a time when Spain is beginning the de-escalation of confinement. Believing that we are safe can have an effect contrary to that desired.
"Go out there and say that there is no death when in fact they are occurring can create many misunderstandings"he told 'FT' Rafael Bengoa, former Minister of Health of the Basque Country and co-director of the Institute of Health and Strategy. "We are improvising at a time when the population needs clear information"He assures. A sense of false security that may develop in spikes in the coming months, when we unconsciously relax in the protection measures.
In fact, the strange movements in the figures in recent times have caused the number of deaths during the covid-19 pandemic to increase during the past week. from 31,000 to 42,000 dead, a growth that occurred in a 'single' day, after adding data not accounted for so far. That has caused Spain is the country in the world with the highest excess mortality, being the leader in the mortality 'ranking' for every million inhabitants.