Spain has the second highest death toll in the world after 10,003. The number of registered coronavirus cases increased by about 8% 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.
“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. “
Spain has been stranded since March 14, allowing residents to leave their homes only for essential travel. This week, it tightened measures, only employees in key sectors being allowed to go to and from work.
The daily increase in percentage infections has been gradually slowing since March 25, when reported cases increased by just over 20%.
Uncovering the magnitude of the economic impact of the outbreak, the data showed that Spain has cut 900,000 jobs unprecedented since its foreclosure, with temporary layoffs affecting at least 620,000 others. [L8N2BQ1ZF]
Social security data also showed that about 80,000 workers are sick with coronavirus, while another 170,000 are on sick leave because they are isolated after being in contact with someone infected with the virus.
The separatist government in the Spanish region of Catalonia – the second most affected country after Madrid – abandoned its initial reluctance and asked the national army to send medical teams and help it fight the coronavirus.
Last month, a Catalan government official, whose push for independence has created political turmoil in recent years, said the military aid was “totally unnecessary”.
Now a senior health official, Alba Verges, said it would be welcome, adding that Catalonia’s capacity for intensive care was “on the verge”.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Illa said Seat, the local unit of German automaker Volkswagen, whose car production lines had been closed for more than two weeks, would produce 300 ventilators for emergencies per day. A local company, Hersill, will manufacture another 100 fans a day, he said.
Additional reports by Nathan Allen; Writing by Andrei Khalip; Editing by Ingrid Melander and Nick Macfie
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