“The trend continues to decline”

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Dr. Maria Jose Sierra, area chief of the Center for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies.


“We believe that the small rebound is no more important.” Dr. Maria Jose Sierra, head of area of ​​the Coordination Center for Alerts and Health Emergencies, justified this Tuesday -in the press conference of the coronavirus technical committee- the “very slight” rise in deaths from coronavirus in the last 24 hours due to “The adjustment of data of the weekend”. The death toll has increased by 743 (an increase of 4%), after four days of falls (with 674 on Sunday and 637 on Monday).

However, it has ensured that “The trend continues to decline” and it has pointed out that there are two “important” dates in the inertia changes: March 25 and April 2.

In this context, Sierra has indicated that a certain drop in pressure is beginning to be observed, “albeit slowly”, in hospitals and ICUs. Likewise, it has focused on discharged people (more than 43,000), which account for 30% of reported cases, “a figure that we like to see increasing day by day,” he said.

“Normal oscillations”

The Health spokeswoman has argued that “it is normal that there are certain oscillations in the data, especially after a weekend”, after which she added that “the important thing is to see the trend and the accumulated in the last days.”

Sierra has stressed that “all the inflections of the curves are due to social distancing measures”, although he has recognized that “We don’t know what will happen when the measures are relaxed”: “This is why we are talking about the measures for the transition phase, and that is where we must intensify early detection,” Sierra said.

“I wish we knew”

In reference to the de-escalation, the Health spokesperson has admitted that “no country has the key to how to do it,” after explaining that “the technicians are assessing whether it must be done at the same time or in a phased manner in different places”: “We do not have the answer yet,” he sentenced.

“I wish we knew,” Sierra replied, after being asked about the duration of this new phase of transition or de-escalation.

The spokeswoman explained that “you have to assess little by little and see what happens. Each step of the de-escalation you have to see what is happening to take the next one. It would be very daring for me to say how long it will last because neither we nor anyone else in the world really knows this ”, he pointed out.

Seroprevalence study

As for the tests to detect asymptomatic infected, “antibody test”, the Health spokesperson has clarified that the Ministry’s technicians have designed, in collaboration with the Carlos III Health Institute, a seroprevalence study of the coronavirus, which They had announced, and will begin to carry out in the coming weeks by means of tests to the population to know what percentage has already passed the disease and is immune to it.

Sierra has responded like this when asked about when they plan to test in 30,000 homes to find out how many people have passed the coronavirus to decide what containment measures are lifted, how and when.

This data appears in a document advanced by the Cadena Ser, according to which Health plans to study a cohort of a minimum of 62,400 people, who will undergo a rapid test and who, if they give a negative test after 21 days, will receive a PCR, a more reliable test.

Sierra has not specified the content of the document, but has recalled that a study has been designed, which contemplates a broad representation of the population, to give them information on people who have already passed the disease.

And he said that logistics “is not easy” and they are putting all the tools to start the tests in the coming weeks.

World Health Day

The Health spokesperson also recalled that this Tuesday is World Health Day and appreciated that this year is dedicated to the profession that “is contributing so much” in the coronavirus crisis and for its commitment to the health system.

Above 140,000 infected

Coronavirus cases in Spain rise to 140,510, which means 5,478 more than this Monday, according to the latest data published by the Ministry of Health. A total of 13,798 people have died with Covid-19 (743 more), 43,208 have been cured (2,771 more) and 7,069 have required admission to the ICU (138 more).

Thus, the trend in reducing the number of daily deaths that had started on Sunday is broken, with 674 that day and 637 this Monday. As for cases per day, this Tuesday also rises slightly compared to this Monday, when 4,273 positives were registered.

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