In Spain and Portugal, Covid-19 cases and hospital occupancy rates started to increase again.
The increase in the number of new cases started to attract attention in Spain, where the quarantine was lifted in asymptomatic cases in Covid-19, the obligation to use masks in closed areas ended and crowded activities started again.
While the Ministry of Health has been sharing the Covid-19 data to cover only the population over 60 years old since April 1, it has been observed that the number of cases has increased approximately twice in the last two weeks.
It was noted that the number of new cases of Covid-19 detected in every 100 thousand people in the country increased from 459 two weeks ago to 813 (an increase of 77 percent), and this number is over 1500 in the regions of Navarra, Murcia and La Rioja.
On the other hand, the number of hospitalized Covid-19 patients has increased by 65 percent since April 1, reaching 6 thousand 858 (362 in intensive care).
In Spain, the number of Covid-19 patients treated at the hospital during the 6th wave of Covid-19 between December 2021 and January 2022 was over 19 thousand.
The ministry also announced that the BA.5 variant of Covid-19 was seen for the first time in Spain.
CASE IN PORTUGAL INCREASED 27 TIMES
The epidemic began to sound the alarm in Portugal, the other country of the Iberian Peninsula.
While the rate of being positive in Covid-19 tests in the country increased to 26.7 percent, this rate was 1 percent a year ago.
According to the data of the General Directorate of Health, 76,183 Covid-19 cases were detected in the country between April 26 and May 2, while the cases increased by almost 27 times when compared to the same period a year ago.
In Portugal, where the number of people with Covid-19 cases per 100 thousand people is 740, currently 1119 Covid-19 patients are being treated in hospitals.
Among the countries participating in the Eurovision Song Contest held in Italy this year, the Portuguese delegation also tested positive for Covid-19.
In the country, a total of 125 people died from Covid-19 on April 26-May 2, an increase of 2 compared to the same period of the previous year.