Coronavirus: Spain’s death toll shows signs of flattening
A further 809 people have now died from coronavirus in Spain, bringing the total to 11,744 deaths, according to Spanish Health Ministry figures released Saturday.
The deaths from the Coronavirus represent a 7.3% rise but are the lowest increase since March 26.
On Thursday, Spain’s death toll surpassed 10,000, as well as the country joined Italy as one of only two to report five figure death tolls.
The ministry’s most recent data shows there are now 78,733 active cases of Covid-19 in Spain, an increase of 2,511 from Thursday — but also the smallest daily rise since March 20.
A total of 6,532 people have been admitted to intensive care units since the pandemic began.
The Spanish Health Ministry also reported that 34,219 people have recovered from the virus — which is also roughly 4,000 more than the number reported Friday, as well as a 12% increase.
While the number of active cases continues to rise, the rate of increase continues to slow.
The latest numbers show the number of active cases recorded has risen 3% since Friday. The peak, on March 19, was a 27% increase in one day.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has announced that the country’s state of alarm, which demands strict limits on people’s movements and continues the closure of schools as well as most businesses, will extend for a another two weeks, until April 26.
“We are facing the great crisis of our lives,” Sanchez said in a nationwide address.
The state of alarm had already been extended until April 11. The government will ask the Spanish parliament to approve the extension on Tuesday.
Sanchez also added: “Weeks of strict restrictions await us. We ask families to stay at home. To young people, to continue to study, to maintain momentum. To the elderly, to protect yourselves.”
Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer.