Spain saw a further increase in its daily number of coronavirus cases today, after 5,183 people tested positive for the disease.
The 5,183 new cases, up from 5,092 yesterday and the highest figure in a week, bring the total from 177,633 to 182,816.
There were 551 new deaths, slightly more than yesterday’s 523, bringing the total number of deaths from 18,579 to 19,130.
Catalonia separately revealed thousands of additional deaths after counting funeral homes, but these were not included in the national figures.
Spain has been stranded since March 14, but wants to expand its testing capacity to more than 20,000 per day in order to raise it in certain areas.
Caregivers in protective clothing yesterday treated a patient in the intensive care unit at Barcelona’s Mar Hospital. Most of the hospital’s capacity is devoted to patients with viruses
Of the 5,183 new cases, the Madrid region accounted for 1,168 while Catalonia had 849, according to figures from the Ministry of Health.
These two regions also recorded 252 of the 551 new deaths, with 153 new deaths in Madrid and 99 in Catalonia.
The Spanish government’s death toll for Catalonia is 3,855, but Catalan health officials say that 7,097 deaths from the virus have been reported by funeral homes.
According to the Catalan Ministry of Health, this includes 456 people who died from coronaviruses at home.
About 60% of patients who died in Spain are aged 80 or over, and almost 87% are at least 70 years old.
Almost 75,000 people have now recovered from the disease in Spain, including 3,947 who have been added to the count today.
The vast majority of cases have been confirmed by standard PCR tests, although some infections are listed under “rapid tests”.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has pledged to expand testing to allow easing of the lockout in certain areas.
“Spain is already one of the countries that performs the most daily tests. More than 20,000, and we are increasing the number, “Sanchez said in an almost empty parliament yesterday.
Officials say the virus tests should be expanded to include people with mild or no symptoms in order to follow the spread in more detail.
The government also said last week that it would conduct mass tests of antibodies on the blood of 60,000 randomly selected people over three weeks to begin identifying those who could theoretically now be immunized after exposure to the drug. virus.
However, health and virology experts are still unsure of the quality of these tests, or the degree of immunity that these antibodies could provide.
Britain and Germany are among many countries that want antibody testing but have not yet identified a reliable one.
The 5,183 cases mark a second consecutive day of increase today after 5,092 yesterday and 3,045 Thursday, the lowest since March 20.
Some inflation could be traced to a long Easter weekend backlog, which has also surfaced in other countries’ figures.
The Spanish government wants to restart all possible businesses as soon as possible, especially before what would normally be the tourist season.
The International Monetary Fund has said the Spanish economy is expected to decline 8% this year, in part due to the collapse of tourism.
Yesterday a patient was transferred from an ambulance to an intensive care unit at Gregorio Maranon Hospital in Madrid
Spain’s debt-to-GDP ratio is projected to reach 113%, its highest level in more than a century, with a budget deficit of 9.5%, which would be the largest in the euro area.
The IMF said unemployment, already the highest in the European Union, would drop to nearly 21% from 14% last year.
“These unemployment levels are not sustainable,” Vice President of the European Central Bank Luis de Guindos said on radio Onda Cero.
Some workers have returned to work in construction and manufacturing after a two-week hibernation that expired this week.
But with most people confined to their homes, other businesses such as shops, bars, and restaurants will remain closed until April 26 at least.
The government announced Wednesday that it will begin holding meetings with opposition leaders on a “pact for the social and economic reconstruction of Spain”.
The proposal was inspired by the “Moncloa Pacts” of 1977, which aimed to transform the public economy after the end of the Franco dictatorship.