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By Ryan (registered) | Posted September 25, 2020 at 07:55:08

An article pubished in Libre Mercado on August 18 argued against getting too worried about rising COVID-19 cases in Madrid:

The data show an increase in cases, but this does not mean at all that the situation observed in August is comparable to that of last March.

In the first place, it is important to contrast the number of cases with hospitalizations, since this allows us to understand to what extent the spread of the virus is generating a delicate situation or, on the contrary, a manageable scenario. In this sense, the data that Libre Mercado has presented show that only 3-4 percent of the positives are being hospitalized and that only 0.2 percent have required intensive care.

What a difference a month can make! An article published in El Diario on September 24 shows just how quickly the situation has deteriorated:

The statistics of the City of Madrid indicate today that the Intensive Care Units (ICU) are already saturated. Although the Deputy Minister of Public Health and Covid strategy, Antonio Zapatero, reported this Wednesday that 47 percent of intensive care beds are occupied by patients with coronavirus, the reality is that ICU structural beds, which are managed by specialists in intensive medicine, are already full in the vast majority of Madrid hospitals filled with patients with the disease. To cope with this healthcare pressure, Madrid hospitals have to add new beds for serious COVID-19 patients every day.

(H/T to Antonio Paez for sharing these articles.)

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