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Spain flattens the curve with coronavirus deaths down for fourth day in a row

Spain flattens the curve with coronavirus deaths down for fourth day in a row
Patients at the temporary hospital located at Madrid's Ifema.
Spain saw a fourth consecutive daily drop in the number of coronavirus-related deaths with 637 fatalities recorded over the past 24 hours, official figures showed on Monday.

The health ministry said the number, the lowest in 13 days, brought the total number of deaths to 13,055, second only to Italy.   

The number of new infections also slowed, rising 3.3 percent to 135,032, down from a rise of 4.8 percent the day before.

The downward trend, and the flattening of the curve seen in the chart above, is apparent when comparing the data from the last four days. 

Sunday had seen an increase of 6,023 confirmed cases over Saturday – which had seen an increase of 7,026 confirmed cases over Friday. 

The figure for Friday was an increase of 7,472 over Thursday.

Monday's figures showed an increase of 4,273 over the day before. 

In all. 59,662 people across Spain have required hospital treatment for coronavirus and there are currently 6,931 still in intensive care. 

But the number of people who have recovered from covid-19 is steadily rising. By Monday 40,437 people have made a full recovery, with 2,382 cases being recorded as cured in the last 24 hours.

Madrid is still the worst hit region where 5,136, from a total 13,055 across the country, have died.

The full breakdown of data from each region is published in the tweet below. 

 

“These figures confirm again this downwards tendency which we have been observing,” said Maria Jose Sierra of the health ministry's emergencies coordination unit.

With deaths and new infections falling the Spanish government is studying how to gradually ease the lockdown imposed on the country of 47 million people on March 14. It has been extended until April 25th.

The government plans to ramp up testing to be able to isolate people who are infected but not showing symptoms and is mulling requiring all people to wear face masks in public to curb the spread of the disease.

Four Spanish firms are currently producing 245,000 coronavirus tests per week, Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said during a television interview on Monday.

“During the coming weeks we will multiply by three the capacity of our companies to supply the market” with tests, she added.   

As for face masks, the minister said “we will probably all have to learn to use them as a prophylactic, at least until there is a vaccine” against Covid-19.

 

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