‘Pressure is easing’: Spain records third daily drop in coronavirus deaths

'Pressure is easing': Spain records third daily drop in coronavirus deaths
Labourers build a field hospital outside the La Fe Hospital to admit patients suffering from the COVID-19 coronavirus in Valencia on April 5, 2020. AFP
Spain saw its third consecutive daily decline in the number of people dying from the coronavirus pandemic as the country recorded another 674 fatalities on Sunday.

 

Empar Loren, a nurse at a hospital in Lerida, Catalonia, added: “The situation is more stable. The number of patients in intensive care is not growing much anymore, and we are starting to discharge quite a few.”

Authorities are beginning to plan for a gradual end to the quarantine in the hope of avoiding a resurgence of the virus.

Health Minister Salvador Illa said one million COVID-19 tests had been sent to regional authorities, and he asked them to map buildings where residents test positive.

“Our basic goal in this phase of winding down is to ensure that anyone presenting symptoms be diagnosed early and placed in isolation,” Sierra said.

She said she was “very seriously” considering a requirement that everyone wear masks when they go out.The health ministry said total deaths were now 12,418, the highest in the world after Italy, since the pandemic emerged in China in December.

The 674 fatalities, which were sharply down on the record 950 recorded on April 2, represented an increase of 5.7 percent over the last 24 hours, compared to a 30 percent leap in one recent day. 

The number of infections rose 4.8 percent to 130,759, indicating a slowdown in the spread from 8.2 percent on April 1 and 14 percent 10 days ago.

“The sense that we're getting from the regions is that the pressure is easing,” said María José Sierra of Spain's health emergency centre.

“It's what we expected after three weeks of distancing measures.”

The number of people declared to have recovered has increased by 11 percent, rising above 38,080.

The authorities say they believe they have stabilised the spread of the virus but have decided to extend until midnight April 25 a strict lockdown imposed on Spain's 46.6 million people since March 14.

jhEmpar Loren, a nurse at a hospital in Lerida, Catalonia, added:”The situation is more stable. The number of patients in intensive care is not growing much anymore, and we are starting to discharge quite a few.”

Authorities are beginning to plan for a gradual end to the quarantine in the hope of avoiding a resurgence of the virus.

Health Minister Salvador Illa said one million COVID-19 tests had been sent to regional authorities, and he asked them to map buildings where residents test positive.

“Our basic goal in this phase of winding down is to ensure that anyone presenting symptoms be diagnosed early and placed in isolation,” Sierra said.

She said she was “very seriously” considering a requirement that everyone wear masks when they go out.

 


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