Just a couple of weeks from Christmas Teruel capital is the Aragonese city with the highest rate of coronavirus infections. The spread of Covid is still very high in this provincial capital: 580 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in accumulated rate in 14 days, which is the indicator that health authorities take as a reference to check how the pandemic is evolving.
The contagion rate accumulated by the city of Teruel in the last 14 days-from November 24 to December 7- it is more than double the regional average. Aragon, as a whole, has managed to reduce the spread of Covid to below 300 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Of course, almost two months after the third wave began, which once again placed Aragon among the worst sources of contagion in all of Spain and which resulted in a record of deaths from Covid in November.
But Teruel capital is lagging behind in the de-escalation of this serious third wave of infections that has hit Aragon. In that city they continue to have severe health alarm levels, above 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
In the last 14 days, in Teruel capital 214 new infections have been detected, an average of 15 infections each day. Of the two basic health areas of the city, the most affected is «Teruel Ensanche», with a contagion rate of 685 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In the other health zone of the city, «Teruel Centro», the rate reaches 473 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The soaring infection rates that Teruel capital continues to show contrast with the average for Aragon and with its provincial averages. In the whole of Aragon, the rate is currently 268 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. By provinces, the one in the best situation is Huesca, with 220 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In the province of Zaragoza is 259 cases per 100,000, while in the province of Teruel, burdened by the bad data of the capital, the rate rises to 367 infections per 100,000 inhabitants.
Now it remains to be seen the effect that this holiday bridge of the Constitution and the Immaculate Conception could have on the pandemic, and if this affects the de-escalation plans that the health authorities had set to relax restrictions during Christmas. The Aragonese Ministry of Health already assumes that this will cause a new outbreak of Covid in the region in January, after the Christmas season. It will be the fourth wave of coronavirus that Aragon suffers.