Coronavirus deaths in Spain exceed 10,000, but there is “hope”


MADRID (Reuters) – The number of coronavirus deaths in Spain surpassed 10,000 Thursday after a record number of 950 people died, but health officials were encouraged by a slowdown in the daily increase in infections and death.

A medical staff member is seen in a temporary hospital inside the IFEMA conference center, amid the epidemic of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Madrid, Spain, April 2, 2020. REUTERS / Sergio Perez

Spain has the second highest death toll in the world after 10,003, but Thursday’s death toll was the highest of any country since the start of the epidemic.

The number of registered coronavirus cases increased by about 8 percent on Wednesday to 110,238, the ministry said. The total number of deaths increased by just over 10%, about the same rate as the day before.

The daily rate of new infections has been slowing since March 25, when reported cases increased by just over 20%.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel,” said Minister of Health Salvador Illa in parliament. “A glimpse of hope: the curve has stabilized. We have reached… the top of the curve and we have started the slowdown phase. “

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Spain has been stranded since March 14, and since this week only workers in essential sectors are allowed to go to and from work.

The data showed on Thursday that Spain has cut an unprecedented 900,000 jobs since the restriction began, with temporary layoffs affecting at least 620,000 more jobs.

About 80,000 workers are sick with coronavirus, while another 170,000 are on sick leave, isolated after being in contact with an infected person.

Retirement homes, whose elderly residents are very vulnerable to the disease, were particularly affected.

Dressed in white protective gear, funeral workers saw coffins from a nursing home in Leganes, just outside Madrid, where 50 residents have died since the epidemic began EFE press release, and put them in a pickup truck, Reuters footage showed.

Ambulances later picked up various uninfected residents to take them to other homes. On Wednesday, two-thirds of the 150 residents tested at Vitalia’s home had coronavirus, the EFE said. The administration of Vitalia was not immediately available for comment.

The head of government for the Madrid region told Cadena Ser radio that a total of around 3,000 people died in nursing homes in March, about three times the normal monthly figure.

The administration says it cannot be sure of the number of cases caused by the coronavirus because it lacks testing.

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In Catalonia, the second most affected region after Madrid, the government reversed its initial reluctance and asked the national army to send medical teams to help fight the coronavirus.

Alba Verges, a senior health official, said that the region’s intensive care capacity was “at the limit”.

Catalonia’s pressure for Madrid’s independence has caused political unrest.

Additional reports by Nathan Allen, Raul Cadenas and Miguel Gutierrez; Written by Andrei Khalip and Isla Binnie; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle and Grant McCool

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