With people making far fewer trips by road thanks to the lockdown measures, the number of fatal crashes fell by 21%.
The coronavirus pandemic brought the number of road traffic fatalities last year in Spain to its lowest since the record began in 1960, as restrictions on businesses and individuals to curb the spread of the virus reduced car trips, data from the Interior Ministry showed Thursday.
The number of people who died in 2020 as a result of car crashes fell by 870, or 21%, while 3,463 people were seriously injured, the ministry said on Thursday, adding that no deaths had been reported in the country 59 days of the year.
“This reduction is a consequence of the [health] crisis and mobility restrictions. The state of alert caused a halt in economic activity, which, linked to other factors such as working from home, explains a decrease in traffic and the accident rate, ”declared the Minister of ‘Interior Fernando Grande-Marlaska to reporters.
From mid-March to the end of June, Spanish authorities imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe, with the country one of the hardest hit.
Restrictions on foreign tourism during the summer further reduced car traffic.
Meanwhile, Spanish regions have stepped up restrictions on viruses this week, but the government remains adamant it will not impose a lockdown, despite an expected increase in infections after Christmas, a minister said on Thursday.
Outgoing health minister Salvador Illa said the situation was “very worrying”, warning that there were “complicated weeks to come and people should remain on high alert”.
With Spain with more than 51,000 deaths and nearly two million infections, most regions have banned movement across their borders without a valid reason.
Spain began its vaccination campaign using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on December 27 and has since vaccinated nearly 140,000 people, according to the latest figures.
He will receive his first doses of the newly approved Moderna vaccine “within seven to 10 days” and expects to have received 600,000 doses in the next six weeks.
Authorities aim to have about 70 percent of the 47 million population vaccinated by the summer.
Although the number of confirmed cases is expected to pass the two million mark on Thursday, the actual number is much higher, a seroprevalence study published in December showing that around 10% of the population – or 4.7 million people – have been infected with the virus. .