Last minute coronavirus | Segovia raises its alert level and tightens restrictions

The coronavirus pandemic has started 2021 exceeding the 83 million barrier of infections after registering another 716,000 positives worldwide in the last 24 hours, according to the latest data published by Johns Hopkins University.

Thus, it has indicated that during the last day they have confirmed 716,166 cases and 12,900 deaths, bringing the totals to 83,433,743 infections and 1,819,061 fatalities, while 47,062,942 people have recovered to date of covid-19.

U.S, which in recent weeks has registered a rebound in cases and deaths, stands as the country most affected with 19,974,120 cases and 345,826 deaths. In second place in terms of number of cases is India, with 10,286,709 positives and 148,994 deaths. By contrast, Brazil is the second country with the most deaths, with 194,949.

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22:03 | This is how we have told the news of the coronavirus in Spain and in the rest of the world. Thanks for reading. See you tomorrow.

21:53 – MÁLAGA | A bar in the Malaga town of Teba that reopened on December 24 after being closed since March is supposedly the origin of an outbreak of covid-19 with about a hundred people affected, as the mayor of the municipality has told Efe, Cristobal Corral.

The establishment was open on December 24, 25 and 26 and everything indicates that "there were not adequate procedures" regarding security measures to avoid infections, such as maintaining the distance between customers, according to the testimony of those affected, the councilor explained.

21:30 – CEUTA | The Autonomous City of Ceuta has been left without any patient admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the University Hospital four months after the first admissions of the second wave of the virus occurred in August.

As reported by the National Institute of Health Management (INGESA), the ICU has run out of covid patients after the brother of a woman who died in the city from this virus was discharged from hospital.

Asturias, Murcia and Ceuta have more income and daily deaths from coronavirus than in the first wave

Marta Ley

21:13 – FRANCE | French law enforcement carried out 45,400 checks on New Year's Eve and imposed 6,650 fines for not respecting the night curfew imposed to try to stop the advance of the coronavirus, on a night marked by the celebration of several clandestine parties, one of them with about 2,500 guests in Brittany.

20:46 – CASTILLA Y LEÓN | The Junta de Castilla y León has elevated Segovia to level 4 of pandemic alert for the covid in view of the latest epidemiological and health reports referring to the Segovian province, a decision taken this January 1 in the extraordinary Governing Council, which was will be published this Saturday, January 2 in the Official Community Gazette and will be effective from 00.00 hours Sunday, January 3.

The Board has approved this Agreement, with the consequent adoption of ordinary preventive health measures to contain the pandemic in that provincial territory, sources from the regional Executive have informed Europa Press. The decision has been adopted in an extraordinary meeting of the Governing Council in view of the latest health reports and the evolution of pandemic indicators in Segovia, which express a situation of extreme risk, with uncontrolled and sustained community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 infection that exceeds the capacities of the health system.

Measures established in alert 4. (Junta de Castilla y León)

20:23 – ASTURIAS | Asturias added yesterday, Thursday, 107 covid-19 infections -15 less than the previous day- in a day in which they were registered five deaths, three more than on Wednesday, all of them over 65, according to data from the Principality Health Observatory.

20:10 – USA | The United States authorities have reported this Friday that the country has exceeded 20 million infections after adding 227,616 in the last day. The figure is practically double that of India, the second country in the world hardest hit by the pandemic. Thus, the spread of the coronavirus in the North American country has entered 2021 without signs of slowing down. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, since the pandemic began, 20,037,736 infections have been registered in the country and 346,687 deaths, of which 3,419 have been verified in the last day.

19:57 – CASTILLA-LA MANCHA | The Ministry of Health has extended the measures of containment level 3 for a period of 10 days, starting this Friday, in the towns of Albacete, Chinchilla de Monte-Aragón, Membrilla and Ajofrín, given the evolution of cases in the last epidemiological weeks.

19:12 – VENEZUELA | The country will enter again in "radical quarantine" due to the increase in cases during last December, when the measure ceased to be observed temporarily, the executive vice president of the Caribbean country, Delcy Rodríguez, announced this Friday. "President Nicolás Maduro, in response to the epidemiological development of covid-19 during the month of December, has decided to resume the 7 + 7 scheme with the beginning of a radical quarantine from Monday, January 4 at midnight until Sunday 10", the official said on her Twitter account.

18:57 – UNITED STATES | The North American country has exceeded 20 million confirmed cases, 24% of the total infected in the world, according to the independent count of Johns Hopkins University. Half of these infections have been registered since last November 9, in proof of the drastic outbreak that the country in the world most affected in absolute terms is experiencing from the pandemic, which ended the year with records of deaths and hospitalizations due to the covid- 19.

17:49 – PORTUGAL | The Portuguese country has registered in the last twenty-four hours 66 deaths and 6,951 new casesFigures somewhat lower than the previous day, when it set a new record for daily infections of the pandemic with 7,627 infections. According to the latest bulletin of the Directorate General of Health (DGS), Portugal, with 10 million inhabitants, adds 420,629 positives and 6,972 deaths from covid since March.

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17:34 – WORLD | The World Health Organization (WHO) has notified 13,997 deaths in the last 24 hours, the highest figure in a pandemic year, so the total number of deaths since the beginning of the health crisis amounts to 1.8 million. For its part, infections are close to 82 million, 693,000 of them registered in the last day, an increase compared to previous days but which has not yet reached the record number of December 20 (841,000 infections in one day).

17:27 – ITALY | The Ministry of Health has reported that in the last 24 hours there have been 22,211 new infections of coronavirus and 462 deaths. The figures, in line with Thursday's, bring the total number of cases to 2,129,376 in the country since February, when the national emergency, and that of deceased to 74,621.

A man walks in the deserted Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan, Italy. (EFE)

17:22 – UNITED KINGDOM | The country has communicated another 53,285 positives in the last twenty-four hours. According to the latest updated data released by the British Ministry of Health, 613 deaths from the disease were also reported. These figures are slightly lower than those released this Thursday, when the daily record of infected by coronavirus was reached since the start of the pandemic (55,892) and 964 deaths were reported.

17:02 – UNITED KINGDOM | He UK Health Minister Matt Hancock, has announced that more than a million people in the country have already been vaccinated after the vaccination campaign began on December 8. "We started this year knowing that we have better days ahead. We have already supplied a million vaccines," Hancock highlighted in a message posted on his Twitter account.

16:47 – ISRAEL | One million people in Israel have received the first dose of the vaccine, although Health announced this week a slowdown in the campaign to guarantee the second dose, when immunity is complete. "We are moving at great speed to vaccinate the entire population" of nine million people, declared today Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who chose the majority Arab population Um al Fahm (northern Israel) to celebrate this figure.

An elderly woman hugs an Israeli nurse after receiving the coronavirus vaccine. (EFE)

16:44 – GALICIA | The cases of covid-19 in users of Galician residences continue to increase and have increased from the 123 that the Social Policy part of this Thursday collected to the 135 of this Friday. Specifically, the positives of eight users of the Santa Teresa de Jornet nursing home in A Coruña and another nine of the DomusVI Vimianzo, which has the most affected at the moment, are added to the calculation.

16:30 – CANARY ISLANDS | The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands has provisionally registered 259 new cases, with which the total number of infections accumulated in the archipelago is 27,333. In addition, in the last 24 hours, three deaths have been reported, two men in Tenerife and one in Gran Canaria, aged between 75 and 91 years, and one of the deceased is associated with the outbreak at the Santa Rita residence, in Puerto from the cross.

16:03 – The Valencian Community has registered 30 new coronavirus outbreaks confirmed by the Ministry of Health, eight of them originating in the educational field, 12 in a work environment and ten of a social nature, with data from Thursday. The one with the largest number of affected, with eleven cases, is of labor origin in Alcoi (Alicante), followed by a social one in l'Alcúdia de Crespins (Valencia) with eight affected.

The eight outbreaks in education they have been declared in Borriana, with six cases; Bonrepós i Mirambell, seven and three in València with three, five and four cases; another in Ondara of three and two in Fontanars dels Alforins, with three and two cases.

15:34 – The secretary of communication of Ciudadanos in Salamanca, Carlos Mateos, has resigned from his post after being caught in a illegal party in a well-known Salamanca nightlife venue on the night of December 29-30.

Mateos resigned for "personal motives" on December 30, as confirmed by sources of the orange formation in Castilla y León, through a letter in which he expressed his thanks for the trust deposited in him to carry out the position he is now leaving, after which he will continue as an affiliate in Salamanca.

15:16 – The Mossos and the Local Police are carrying out an operation in a illegal macro party in an abandoned ship of Llinars del Vallès (Barcelona) in which they participate at least 150 people of various nationalities, four of which have already been denounced.

Sàmper and Boneta have detailed that during this end of the year Mossos and local police officers have intervened in four illegal parties

The Minister of the Interior, Miquel Sàmper, has appeared this Friday at a telematic press conference to take stock of the Catalan New Year's Eve, marked this year by the covid-19 and the restrictive measures, together with the commissioner of the Mossos d'Esquadra David Boneta and the deputy director general of Emergencies of Civil Protection of the Generalitat, Imma Solé.

Sàmper and Boneta have detailed that during this end of the year the Mossos and local police have intervened in four illegal parties.

14:54 – France will harden from this Saturday the curfew in fifteen departments of the country, the areas where the epidemic situation has deteriorated the most in recent weeks, announced this Friday the government spokesman, who also announced that museums, theaters and cinemas will not reopen on January 7.

The fifteen affected departments, where the curfew will pass from 20:00 at 6:00 p.m. and until 6:00 a.m. in the morning, they are found in the east and southeast of the country, divided into regions of the Great East, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and Burgundy-Franche-Comté.

Agents in Paris. (EFE)

14:36 ​​- The German company BioNTech, which developed the first coronavirus vaccine together with the US consortium Pfizer, will increase production to meet the needs of the European Union (EU) countries, where there is currently a certain shortage to immunize the entire population.

In an interview with the magazine 'Der Spiegel' the CEO of BioNTech, Ugur Sahin, attributed the current shortage in part to EU purchasing policy in which the process has been slower than in other parts of the world.

BioNTech will increase production to meet demand for the vaccine in the EU


14:13 – The vice president and spokesperson of the Board and counselor of Transparency, Spatial Planning and Foreign Action, Francisco Igea, from Ciudadanos, has focused his main wish for the year that now begins in get the population immunized of Castilla y León against the coronavirus in order, in this way, to be able to have a life again "relatively normal".

This has been assured by the vice president and spokesperson of the Board in an interview in which he has reviewed the action of the Government and his department throughout 2020, a "difficult" year and irremediably marked by the effects of the pandemic.

13:56 – ANDALUSIA | The community has said goodbye to the month of December with 1,117 people died due to coronavirus covid-19, 370 less than in the month of November, the deadliest, when 1,487 people lost their lives due to this cause.

Wednesday, December 2, with 87 deaths, was the day with higher number of fatalities due to covid-19 in the last month of the year, while Sunday 13 and Monday 14 have been the days with the least deaths, with 13 in each day, according to the analysis prepared with data from the Ministry of Health.

13:34 – ARAGON | The General Directorate of Public Health of the Government of Aragon has notified 373 new cases of covid-19, provisional data corresponding to this Thursday. It has also registered four new hospitalized in the last hours.

By health zones, in Catalonia-La Jota Avenue there are 21 cases, in Valdespartera-Montecanal 19, in Ejea de los Caballeros 13, in Delicias Norte 12, in Goya Park 11, in Sagasta-Ruiseñores 11, in Sabiñánigo 11, in Zalfonada Picarral 10 and in Bombarda 10.

13:18 – BASQUE COUNTRY | The incidence of the covid-19 pandemic in the Basque Country continues its Upward trend and in the last hours the positivity rate has shot up to 6.9%, when in the two previous days it was around 6%.

The Department of Health has updated some data on the evolution of the pandemic corresponding to December 31, 2020, when they were recorded 490 new cases positive.

12:55 – CEUTA | The Autonomous City of Ceuta has started the year with negative data by continuing to add more positive (11) than cured (2), although hospital pressure remains low, despite a new income.

According to the data provided this morning by the National Institute of Health Management (INGESA), the body that manages the health in Ceuta and Melilla, since the afternoon of this Thursday, 11 new positives for covid-19 have been detected and two cured have been confirmed, which has raised the situation up to 99 active cases.

12:34 – The Government has extended from January 5 to 19 limitations on direct flights and passenger ships from the UK, in order to combat the spread of the new coronavirus strain detected in the island country.

The Official State Gazette publish this january 1, with effect from today, the extension of the period of limitation of direct flights with the United Kingdom, which was approved by the Council of Ministers on last December 22 and that it was initially valid until January 5 at 6:00 p.m.

11:51 – CANTABRIA | The territory has started the year adding another deceased with coronavirus, a 78-year-old man who brings the total number of fatalities in the region to 396, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

In addition, the region has 42 new cases detected, which represent less than half of those diagnosed in recent days, although it must be taken into account that in holidays less tests are done.

11:23 – GALICIA | The territory registered 532 covid infections in 24 hours until six o'clock in the afternoon on December 31 and a decrease in hospital pressure, with 290 patients in conventional plants, six minus, and 55 in critics, a figure that does not vary with respect to the previous count.

The number of active cases is 5,777, 96 more, according to the data provided on the specific website of the Galician Health service, and the deaths stand at 1,400 after the seven deaths reported last afternoon.

11:09 – CATALONIA | The community has started the year with 3,732 new positive cases of coronavirus and 35 deaths in the last 24 hours, although the hospital and ucis pressure has dropped, with 36 less income and six fewer people in intensive care.

This is indicated by the data provided this Friday by the Department of Health of the Generalitat, which shows an increase in 19 points of regrowth risk, which reaches the figure of 343, and a slight increase in the transmission speed (Rt), which reaches 1, one tenth more than the day before.

10:37 – The World Health Organization has validated the vaccine this Thursday Comirnaty covid-19 mRNA for emergency use, making this vaccine produced by manufacturer Pfizer / BioNTech the first to receive this type of approval since the novel coronavirus virus outbreak began in China a year ago.

As explained by the UN agency, this step opens the door for countries affected by the pandemic to accelerate their own regulatory approval processes to import and administer the vaccine, in addition to allowing UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organization to purchase the vaccine for distribute it to the countries who need it.

09:48 – New Year's Eve in the capital, "very different" than in recent years due to the pandemic, has left 185 illegal house parties, two places with excess capacity and eight alcohol poisonings, a spokeswoman for Emergencias Madrid reported.

The intervention of the emergency services has been carried out between the 20.00 yesterday and eight in the morning of this Friday. Thus, the Samur Civil Protection has carried out 109 interventions, half that of last year without any serious injuries.

New Year's Eve leaves 185 illegal parties in houses in Madrid and two places with overcapacity

Europa Press

09:31 – Germany has registered 22,924 new coronavirus infections and 553 deaths related to the disease from the reports made in the last 24 hours by the health offices.

The Robert Koch Institute cautioned that the figures are difficult interpretation because new tests have probably been carried out due to the change of the year and it is possible that not all health offices have reported their latest data.

Police in Berlin. (Reuters)

09:00 – Good Morning! The National Sanitation Commission of China has announced the detection of 9 local infections among the 19 new positives of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus diagnosed this Thursday in the Asian country.

China detects 19 cases, 9 local and registers a first contagion with the UK variant


Of these 9 cases, 5 were in Beijing -with which, since last Friday, adds 22 infections- and the other 4, in the northeastern region of Liaoning, scene of another small regrowth since December 15.