LATEST: Spain reports 23,000 new virus cases over the weekend

LATEST: Spain reports 23,000 new virus cases over the weekend
Testing being carried out in the Basque Country. Photo:AFP
Spain registered more than 23,000 new coronavirus cases over the weekend, representing a slowdown in the infection rate from last week.

Health ministry data showed 2,489 new cases were diagnosed in the past 24 hours.


The chart above shows the number of infections recorded since the start of the pandemic in Spain while the one below shows in more detail the number since June when confinement ended. 


It brings the total number diagnosed since the pandemic hit Spain to 462,858.

The official death toll has risen to 29,094 with 141 Covid-19 deaths recorded in the last week, five people in the last day.

Madrid has recorded the highest number of cases (554), representing 25 percent of cases across Spain, followed by the Basque Country (394), Andalusia (308) and Canary Islands (301).

“These figures are still high, but must be contextualized in a case detection framework, many of which are asymptomatic,” Chief epidemiologist Fernando Simón explained.

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