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Vaccination delays and rise in infection rates cause widespread alarm
04 January 2021 @ 22:38

The delays in vaccinating people against Covid-19 are starting to generate concern and complaints in some autonomous communities, although the main focus is still on the alarming rise in the number of people testing positive across virtually the whole country, but especially in Catalonia.

Some regional governments published new statistics on Sunday, which show a generalised increase in infections, even though the post-Christmas celebration figures are not yet included.

The situation in Catalonia is particularly of particular concern, with the head of Infectious Diseases at Barcelona's Hospital del Mar, Robert Güerri, warning that the increase in the number of cases has created a "worrying" situation in the city's hospitals, which are starting to get so overwhelmed that if urgent action is not taken, staff will have to start "prioritising" care.

There were 1,483 new positive diagnoses in the last 24 hours in the region, which has increased pressure on hospitals and could well lead to further restrictions.

There has also been a notable increase in cases in Andalusia, Castilla & León, Murcia, Aragon and the Basque Country.

In contrast, the number of new cases is falling in Galicia and Navarra, the latter registering a notable drop in cases with only 66 new infections after having more than 100 a day for the past five days.

The slowness of the vaccination process, which began only a week ago, has also attracted a great deal of criticism, especially in Madrid and Andalusia.



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