The vast majority of new cases of COVID-19 in Spain in the past five weeks were detected among unvaccinated people, the Spanish Minister of Health said on Monday, with new infections rising by 27,286.
Only 5.5 percent of new cases were detected during this period among fully vaccinated people, Carolina Daria said, adding that 11.4 percent were partially vaccinated and 83.1 percent were unvaccinated.
“We must maintain the pace of vaccination that we have reached,” the minister said at a press conference. “This will provide us with an important level of protection to allow us to enjoy the summer.”
The number of daily new COVID-19 cases in Spain has been rising steadily since late June, with the 14-day infection rate per 100,000 residents rising to just over 622 on Tuesday.
The country of about 47 million people has so far reported a total of just under 4.2 million cases and 81,148 deaths.
Spain is the third-fastest country to vaccinate its population, according to Our World In Data, behind only Canada and the United Kingdom where 51.3 percent of Spaniards have been fully vaccinated and 62.1 percent at least partially.