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Health Ministry says 36 new outbreaks of Covid-19 have been detected in Spain since 11 May

  • The clusters had resulted in around a thousand positive tests, showing that only 0.4% of Spain's total number of coronavirus cases

The Spanish government's Health Minister, Salvador Illa, said on Thursday that since 11 May, when Phase One of lockdown easing began, 36 new isolated outbreaks of Covid-19 had been identified and monitored.

He said that these clusters had resulted in around a thousand positive tests, showing that only 0.4% of Spain's total number of Covid-19 cases had come from sources of infection emerging after the start of lockdown easing.

Illa said that only around ten of those clusters of infection were still active and all were under control.

Wednesday's figures showed a spike in infections with 196 new cases, although the authority said that this could be due to testing being stepped up in the areas where new outbreaks had been detected.

Two new deaths were reported in Spain on Wednesday.