Announcing the daily increase in reported coronavirus cases in Spain on Thursday, the government confirmed that the peak rate of infection appeared to be passing. However ministers added that the battle against the disease was still to reach its peak in hospital intensive-care wards.
On Thursday, the daily rate of infections rose by 8,102 to 110,238, a rise of under 10 per cent. While high, the percentage increase is a long way down on 20 per cent a week ago and the 30 per cent at the start of the health crisis and lockdown.
Despite this good news, the number of daily deaths continues to increase. On Thursday morning, it was announced that 950 patients had died with coronavirus in the last 24 hours in Spain, equivalent to one every minute and a half. The ministry of Health said it did not expect this mortality rate to fall significantly for several days, as those dying included the first infected in February and March, prior to the lockdown.
The most affected regions continue to be Madrid and Catalonia, as well as Castilla-La Mancha. Between these three regions are half the country’s reported cases. In the Madrid region alone there were 32,000 reported cases on Thursday. Over 10,000 have died nationally
At a local level, in Malaga province, including the Costa del Sol, there were 1,644 reported cases out of a total of almost 7,000 in the whole Andalucía region. So far, as of Thursday, 93 deaths of patients with coronavirus have been reported in Malaga province.
Focus still on care homes
There is continued focus on the scale of outbreaks in old peoples’ homes across the country, especially in the regions worst affected overall. A reported estimate on Thursday was 2,000 deaths so far in senior citizens’ residences, but data is said to be unclear.
Although the pressure on hospital emergency departments has continued as tense as for the past few weeks, reports on Thursday also said that there was still some spare capacity for more cases. Temporary off-site wards started to take some less critical patients.
The uncertain quality and quantity of available testing kits, many coming or ordered from China, continued to create a confusing picture this week.