Spain’s coronavirus death toll tops 19,000

Spain's coronavirus death toll tops 19,000
Healthcare workers wearing protective suits wait during a COVID-19 coronavirus testing campaign at a care home in Catalonia. Photo: AFPPhoto: AFP
Spain saw its coronavirus death toll soar past 19,000 on Thursday after another 551 people died of COVID-19, with the numbers reflecting a staggered slowdown after nearly five weeks on lockdown.

Spain has seen the increase in the number of deaths and infections slow over the past fortnight, with the overnight fatalities taking the toll to 19,130.

It also recorded 5,183 new cases of COVID-19, taking the overall figure to 182,816 — officially second highest in the world behind the United States.

The breakdown by region is included in the tweet below: 

 

There are growing concerns that the toll may be far higher, with regional authorities in Madrid and Catalonia insisting they each had thousands more victims than the official count.

Madrid, which by Thursday counted 6,877 deaths, has mooted a figure well above 10,000, while Catalonia, where some 3,855 have died, believes its toll to be nearly double that after changing its counting method.

But a change in the method of collating data across Spain introduced on Wednesday will cause a surge in the number of recorded deaths going forward.

The overall number of hospitalizations (blue), admittance into ICU (yellow) deaths (red) and recoveries (green) are shown in the chart below, which reveals that the curve of the number of hospital admittances is flattening. Data: Ministry of Health.

The official data shows that 74,797 people who tested positive to covid-19 have now recovered.

Health authorities say the virus has peaked in Spain since the number of daily deaths reached 950 people on April 2nd, but they have insisted on maintaining the March 14th lockdown that is likely to be extended into mid-May.

 

One of the tightest lockdowns in Europe, the restrictions allow just essential workers out, otherwise the rest of the population can only leave home to buy food and medicine, to attend a medical emergency or to briefly
walk the dog.

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