Monday's incidence rate was the highest registered in Spain since Feb. 5
Spain is accelerating its COVID-19 vaccination rollout.
Germans, who have started going back to Mallorca, took second spot.
The minister added the government was expecting the delivery of more than one million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Thursday
Vial labelled "AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine"
The steep descent prompted Health Emergency Chief to raise the possibility that some restrictions would be lifted in the coming days.
The national health ministry said it was not aware of any other cases of the highly contagious Brazilian variant in Spanish territory.
The health ministry recorded 28,565 new cases on Friday
"We believe we are leaving behind the maximum peak of the third wave," Catalan health secretary told a news conference.
Mateo, returns home after being in ICU 10 days. He teaches us that the virus can strongly attack people of any age. Mateo arrived on January 12, at the Alcázar Hospital, with symptoms that seemed mild, but he worsened and had to enter the Intensive Care Unit.
"They treated him with a lot of affection, and gave us strength and hope when we needed it".
Spain, unlike many European countries, has chosen not to impose a new nationwide lockdown after the first one ended in May.
Spain's nursing homes suffered badly in the first wave of the pandemic between March and May.