Spain records 922 new COVID-19 cases

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MADRID, July 24 (Xinhua) — Spain registered 922 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, a day after the country recorded 971 new cases on Thursday — the highest daily rise in infections since May 8, according to the country’s Ministry of Health.

In the last 24 hours, the communities with the most cases were Aragon, with 298 infections, Catalonia with 133, and Madrid with 107, showed data published by the ministry.

The ministry reported that there have been 369 local outbreaks since the end of Spain’s scaling down of mobility restrictions on June 21.

Speaking to the press on Thursday, Maria Jose Sierra, from the Health Ministry’s Coordination Center for Health Emergencies, informed that 70 percent of these outbreaks involved 10 people or less and that the larger outbreaks were connected to “social settings and vulnerable workers.”

Fruit pickers have been hit hard by the new spike in Aragon and Catalonia, and many recent outbreaks have centered on late night bars and discos, with a high percentage of the new cases among young people. Several regions have moved to tighten restrictions on late-night leisure activities.

Despite the steep rise in new cases, the death rate in Spain remained low, with 10 people losing their lives to COVID-19 over the past week, according to the ministry. Enditem

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