The number of cases in Aragon fell for the second consecutive week, with 125.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, compared with 231.5 the previous week, according to Aragonese government data on influenza incidence. The epidemic continues.
We remind you that in the last week of 2023 there were 167.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and in the first week of this year this number rose to 303.5. The following week, the number of cases rose to 334.7 cases per 100,000 residents, reaching the peak of the epidemic, and has since declined.
If we look at the situation with acute respiratory infections (influenza, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, pneumonia…), the trend is very similar to influenza, since there are currently 853.5 cases, compared to 1,071.9 the previous week.
These figures mean that it is time to lift some of the mandatory mask-wearing obligations imposed by health and social hygiene centers at regional and national levels. In Aragon, depending on the incidence of influenza, a specific regulation has also been established requiring the wearing of masks by patients in waiting rooms of health centers and by professionals in health and social hygiene centers with direct attention to the public.
While masks are still recommended for anyone with symptoms of the respiratory illness and who is around vulnerable people, those rules are no longer in effect.
In terms of vaccination, the proportion of high-risk groups vaccinated has reached 59%. Among children aged 6 to 59 months (the first year they are classified as at risk), the figure reaches 42.3%.