...have been hospitalised for more than a month and have died after several agonising weeks. Many of those who died this week were infected before the state of alarm and consequent lockdown were decreed on 14 March. Covid-19 has so far claimed the lives ... degree of optimism, according to the team led by Fernando Simón, the director of the Emergency Health Coordination Centre. The number of new infections detected has not shot up in recent days, despite the fact that more than 700,000 tests have been ... carried out in the last week, almost four times more than a fortnight ago. The total number of confirmed infected people, however, now stands at 208,389 - second in the world, behind only the United States.