The sixth wave of Covid-19 is the most explosive and lasting, but the second least deadly in Spain



The sixth wave of the pandemic Covid-19 has reached its peak in Spain after being the most explosive and lasting since the health crisis broke out, but it has turned out to be second least deadly.

The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, pointed out this Friday that “all the data indicates” that the curve of the sixth wave of the pandemic in Spain has “bent”, although she insisted on “being prudent” despite the fact that the “lower” it is “consolidating day by day”.

Data from the Coordination Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies (Ccaes) indicate that the sixth wave started last October 15, when the contagion curve began to rise, then with 40.85 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.

With some occasional declines, the sixth wave reached its maximum on January 21, with 3,418.46 cases, which is a record in Spain throughout the entire pandemic.

Therefore, this wave has lasted for three months and seven days until reaching its peak. In that period, 3,993,320 infected people and 4,824 deaths were reported. Thus, the fatality rate of the sixth wave until its peak was one person deceased for every 827.80 cases of contagion diagnosed.

In terms of duration, none has lasted as long as this sixth wave, since the first lasted from February 26, 2020 – the first day with official data from the Ministry of Health – until April 5 of that year (ie one month and eight days); the second lasted one month and four days (from October 6 to November 9, 2020), the third lasted one month and 17 days (from December 11, 2020 to January 27, 2021), the fourth lasted one month and 10 days (from March 17 to April 26, 2021) and the fifth added one month and five days (from June 23 to July 27, 2021).

With this, the omicron variant influenced the sixth wave to practically triple its duration from its beginning until it reached the peak of the curve compared to the average of the previous waves, which was one month and a few days more.

On the other hand, the sixth wave set a new record with almost four million diagnosed infections (specifically, 3,993,320), ahead of the third (950,046), the fifth (599,762), the second (567,806), the fourth (288,445) and the first (130,749).

This is also reflected in the accumulated incidence, which shot up to 3,418.46 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, well ahead of the maximums of the third wave (899.93), the fifth (701.92), the second ( 529.43), the fourth (235.59) and the first (217.30).

However, the data shows the reflection of vaccination on the effects of Covid-19, since the fatality rate is lower both in the fifth wave (one person died for every 992.98 reported cases) and in the sixth (one for every 827.80). On the contrary, the first turned out to be the most lethal (one fatality for every 10.53 cases).

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