Coronavirus cases in Spain now exceed 100,000
Peoples Time Desk
Official figures supplied by the Health Ministry on Wednesday put the total number of coronavirus infections in the country at more than 100,000, with 864 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours – the highest figure since the beginning of the outbreak. This is the fifth day running where more than 800 people have died from Covid-19, reports Spain based EL PAIS.
Total cases now stand at 102,136, an increase of 7,719 from yesterday. The number of coronavirus fatalities since the crisis began now exceeds 9,000. Around 22,600 patients have recovered from the Covid-19 disease and have been discharged from hospital. Nearly 6,000 patients have required intensive care treatment.
Tuesday saw the number of daily deaths in Spain reach a new high of 849 people, with the total of fatalities at 8,189. Registered infections rose to 94,417 yesterday. But health professionals have told EL PAÍS that they are confident that the situation in Spanish hospitals was beginning to ease thanks to the confinement measures currently in place.
The growth in the number of deaths each day has slowed, but the curve is yet to be flattened in Spain – and the true number may be greater, given likely delays in the notification of victims.
The numbers do, however, suggest the situation is stabilizing, both in terms of victims and infections. The spike on Tuesday was broadly expected, given reporting delays over the weekend. The day on day increase in deaths in percentage terms related to total cases is now at 10.5% and has been falling since March 25, when the rise was 27%.
The figure for total cases does not provide the whole story in Spain, given that massive testing is still not being carried out, only on those with serious symptoms. But even so, the growth is slowing, with the rise in terms of total cases at 8.1%.