As Spain completes its fourth week of lockdown, the slowdown of the coronavirus pandemic in the country has been consolidated with significant drops in deaths and infections. By Friday the rate of growth of the epidemic reached record lows for the whole period, with a daily increase in cases of barely three per cent.
The daily death toll also fell to 605. Though not a record low, it's the lowest number since 514 deaths were reported on 24 March.
On Good Friday, the second consecutive day of lower mortality, 78 fewer deaths were recorded than on Thursday. The slightly more than 600 deaths recorded on Friday represented a decrease of nearly 35 per cent compared to just a week ago, when Spain reached its peak with two consecutive days of more than 900 deaths per day.
However, Friday's figures show that Spain has doubled its death toll in just ten days, putting the total number of deaths at 15,843 since the start of the pandemic. Spain remains second in the world (after the United States) in the number of infected people with 157,022 confirmed cases.
Those confirmed on Friday number 4,576, which means a daily increase of barely three per cent. This is the lowest rate of growth of the coronavirus since the outbreak of the pandemic in Spain and confirms, according to health experts, that the rate of transmission of the virus is now well below 1 (that is, the original infected person transmits the disease to less than one secondary person), which points to the imminent control of the epidemic.
Recoveries slower than expected
The number of patients discharged, however, is still not as good as hoped. On Friday, 3,503 patients were confirmed to have recovered, bringing the number of people who have overcome the disease to 55,668. In other words, 35 per cent of those who have tested positive in Spain have already managed to beat Covid-19.
What has not yet been achieved is that these daily all-clears exceed the number of infections but the gap between the two had been reduced to just over a thousand cases by Friday, which would suggest that this turning point can probably be reached next week.