The global number of diagnosed infected reached 85,195, an increase of 8%, which also implies a notable decrease in percentage terms since Wednesday
Spain showed a slight decline in the number of daily deaths from the coronavirus, with 812 new deaths between Sunday and Monday compared to the record of 838 recorded in the previous balance, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Health.
Second country with the most deaths from COVID-19 after Italy, Spain reached the figure of 7,340 deaths, reported AFP.
Even more significant, the progression of deaths confirmed its slowdown, standing at 12.4% in the last 24 hours, compared to 27% on Wednesday.
The global number of diagnosed infected reached 85,195, an increase of 8%, which also implies a notable decrease in percentage terms since Wednesday (when cases grew by 20%), according to the ministry’s balance.
“The trend with isolation measures is slowing down,” said María José Sierra, of the health emergency center, with incipient optimism.
Sierra replaced Fernando Simón, the director of the center of sanitary emergencies, in the daily press conference of technical experts, who tested positive for corona virus.
Simón, the face best known by the Spanish to report daily on the virus, had highlighted over the weekend that Spain could have reached the peak of infections. “The evolution seems to have stabilized, it seems that it is even beginning to decline,” he had said.
In any case, the main concern of the authorities in Spain is the saturation of hospitals in the most affected areas, with a decimated staff: more than 12,000 health workers have been infected, Sierra said.
The worst situation occurs in Madrid, with almost a third of the cases and half of the deaths, where two morgues and a field hospital had to be set up in a huge convention center.
Even with a slowdown in the increase in cases, “the pressure in the intensive care units is the next few weeks is going to be significant” and Madrid and Catalonia are already “at their limit of capacity or about to reach it,” Sierra warned.
– “The situation is bad” –
“The situation is complicated day by day,” Roni Antoni Castells, medical director of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, told public radio, admitting that “we must begin to rationalize resources based on the possibilities of patient survival. “
Other areas of the country also show tension in the health system.
“The virus has already invaded two thirds of the hospital” in Ronda in Malaga (Andalusia, south), nurse Jesús María García told AFP. “The situation is bad, mainly due to lack of equipment,” with the need to recycle robes, for example, he said.
The difficulty in obtaining protection materials for toilets and tests in a congested world market has been another problem admitted by the Spanish government, which acquired 628 million euros in equipment from China and which must arrive gradually from Monday.
The 46.6 million Spaniards remain in confinement since March 14 and will continue to do so until at least April 11.
The Pedro Sánchez government decided to further restrict confinement starting this Monday, with the closure of all non-essential activities for two weeks, in its fight to restrict the spread of the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus.
A move well received by unions but not by employers, who have already criticized the government’s decision last week to ban layoffs during the health emergency.
“If the country is stopped, there will be unemployment (unemployment), that is evident,” the president of the main CEOE employer organization, Antonio Garamendi, told RNE, adding: “We also have a very serious economic problem and the economic problem can lead to a social problem. “
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