The daily death toll in France and Spain


French health authorities announced on Saturday 80 more deaths from the new coronavirus, the lowest number recorded in 24 hours since early April.

Figures for people in intensive care also declined, with 38 people admitted to intensive care.

The death toll in France is now 26,310, one of the highest in Europe.

Only four of the latest deaths have been recorded in nursing homes, a dramatic drop from daily figures for the past few weeks, compared to 76 hospital deaths.

France is expected to loosen decontrol restrictions imposed eight weeks ago on Monday, with health authorities now recording much less pressure on intensive care services from the peak of the crisis.

A total of 22,614 patients remain hospitalized, including 265 new admissions on Friday.

A total of 95,829 people have been hospitalized since the start of the epidemic and, to date, 56,038 people have returned home after treatment.

“The epidemic remains active and evolving and the virus is circulating in many areas across the country,” noted the directorate general of health, warning against social isolation from the start of deconfinement.

Although France hopes that the worst will be over as it cancels certain restrictions, the European Parliament adopted on Saturday evening a final bill extending the state of health emergency of the country until July 10.

The upper chamber’s senate had previously given the green light to the text despite some opposition fears that measures to track people infected with the virus and their contacts could harm their privacy.

People chatting in Madrid

The daily death toll in Spain due to Covid-19 has dropped to its second lowest level since mid-March today, as half of the country prepares to move to the next phase of its rollback locking measures.

Spain has started to loosen its lockout this week, but Phase 1 will include a considerable loosening of the measures that will allow people to travel to their provinces, attend concerts and go to the theater. Meetings of up to 10 people will be allowed.

The country’s daily death toll from the virus fell to 179 from 229 the day before.

The total number of cumulative deaths rose to 26,478 while the number of diagnosed cases rose to 223,578 against 222,857 the day before, said the Ministry of Health.

“We have managed to recover 99% of the ground lost to the virus,” said Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in a televised speech.

But he warned people on their way to phase 1 to be “cautious” and “cautious”. He said a period of national mourning would be called after the whole country moved to phase 1.

Some 51% of the population will move to phase 1 of a four-step easing plan on Monday after the government decides that the areas in which they live meet the necessary criteria.

In cut regions such as the Canary Islands and the Balearics, bars, restaurants and shops will open at reduced capacity and museums, gymnasiums and hotels will open for the first time in almost two months .

The country’s two largest cities – Madrid and Barcelona – do not currently meet the flexibility criteria and will remain in phase 0.

Emergency chief Fernando Simon urged the Spanish not to think of it as “a race” and said it was possible that Madrid would be ready to take the next step in a week.

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However, some regional governments were unhappy to be retained on phase 0.

Andalusian leader Juanma Moreno, a member of the Popular Opposition Party, complained that she had not been able to submit an easing proposal based on administrative health districts rather than provinces, as did other regions such as Catalonia.

“I will request that this decision be reviewed and that the same criteria be applied to us as to the others,” he said.
The government will always encourage homework as much as possible and companies will have to use staggered start and end times to ensure distancing measures.

The government will continue to encourage homework wherever possible, and businesses will have to use staggered start and end times to ensure distancing measures.

In a positive measure for the Spanish tourism industry, which contributes around 12% of economic production, hotels will be allowed to open all rooms and nature tourism will be allowed for groups of up to 10.

Madrid’s city hall trampled 29 roads this weekend to keep crowds from gathering where runners and walkers are forced to share sidewalks and walkways.


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