The country reported 637 dead in the past day, with the peak at 950 • Number of recoverers crossed 40,000 • "Pandemic expansion slows in almost all regions"
See the light at the end of the tunnel? The recent decline in the number of dead in Spain has sparked a tiny degree of optimism. The closure that has been concentrated in the country now seems to be giving its signals, and that the "social remoteness" policy is succeeding. Authorities in the state reported 637 dead in the past day, bringing the number of virus victims in Spain to 13,055 people.
Closure on Spain continues // Photo: Reuters
Although Spain is the second country, after Italy, with the highest number of victims, it seems that since the record breaking less than a week ago with 950 dead per day, it is already the fourth day that it reports lower and lower deaths each day. For example, yesterday the state reported 674 deaths, while on Saturday 809 cases.
The trend of contagion has also slowed, with the number of infections rising to 135,032 in the last day, compared with 130,759 yesterday. This is an increase of less than 5,000 daily, with a few days ago, the number was more than 7,000. The number of recoverers crossed the 40,000 and now stands at 40,437.
"We are noticing that the pace of the epidemic is slowing down in almost every region of the country," said Maria Jose Sierra, deputy head of the Spanish Emergency Commission. Foreign Minister Arenza Gonzalez said it was crucial to expand the number of inspections to allow the restrictions to be removed slowly.
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"So far, only those who have been infected or suspected of being ill have been tested, but now the tests will focus on the wider population to try to find carriers that may not be showing symptoms," Gonzalez said. "Spanish companies produce 240,000 test kits a week and increase our capabilities, and there are overseas equipment, too."
Spain has been under closure limits since March 14, with famous and deserted streets and tourist sites. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced two days ago the extension of the state of emergency to April 26, calling it "the biggest crisis of our time." It is estimated that after Easter some businesses in the country will return to partial activity, but shops, restaurants and cafes will remain closed.