More than 10,000 people have already died in Spain as a result of a coronavirus infection. 950 patients were there within 24 hours. Nevertheless, the government sees reason for optimism.
Spain has registered 950 deaths due to Sars-CoV-2 in a single day. That is the highest number so far, said the Ministry of Health. The country had previously suffered more than 800 deaths for five days in a row. As things stand, a total of 10,003 people died from the virus.
The number of newly registered cases has risen by eight percent to 110,238, the authorities said. However, this is a significant decrease compared to the average increase per day of 20 percent in mid-March. After a curfew was imposed, the daily increase in infections has decreased to less than twelve percent.
The statistics of the past few days give reason for optimism, said Health Minister Salvador Illa. "The data shows that the curve has stabilized, we have peaked and a slowdown has begun." At the same time, the situation in the intensive care units remains critical.
However, the government admitted that the total number of infections could be significantly higher because only 15,000 to 20,000 tests for the virus were possible every day.
The authorities were able to announce positive news: the number of cured patients made it to a record high: almost 4,100 people have been discharged as healthy since Wednesday.
More than half a million infections in Europe
Across Europe, more than 500,000 people have now tested positive for the corona virus. Europe is the continent hardest hit by the pandemic. With more than 100,000 cases each, the situation in Spain and Italy is particularly serious. 13,155 infected people have already died in Italy – more than in any other country in the world.
The number of worldwide infections is approaching the million mark: The Johns Hopkins University put it at 1 p.m. CEST at just under 942,000 and gave the death toll at more than 47,520. Because test capacities are limited and many infected people with mild or absent symptoms are not tested, the real case numbers are likely to be significantly higher.