Reasons for optimism despite Covid-19 fatalities and new cases stagnating in Spain

Reasons for optimism despite Covid-19 fatalities and new cases stagnating in Spain
  • Many of the recently deceased contracted coronavirus before the lockdown while new cases are increasing by just two per cent per day, despite almost four times more tests being carried out than a fortnight ago

The Ministry of Health reported a slight daily increase in coronavirus-related deaths and new cases in Spain on Wednesday. By Wednesday, another 435 people died after testing positive for Covid-19, compared to 430 on Tuesday.

Spain has now been stuck around the 400-daily-death mark for four days. In fact, the rate of growth of fatalities has remained at around two per cent for the past week and health experts point towards the long evolution of the disease as a factor.

In many cases patients 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 of 21,717 people across Spain since the beginning of the epidemic, doubling the number of fatalities in less than 20 days. Globally, Spain sits third in terms of coronavirus-related deaths, behind the United States and Italy.

The number of people infected also increased on Wednesday - from 3,968 on Tuesday to 4,211. This is an increase of two per cent and, as with the deaths, the numbers have stagnated for almost a week at around four thousand new cases per day.

However, these numbers come with a 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.