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Spain data shows highest daily cases since early May, before lockdown was eased

Tourists in Barcelona this week.
Tourists in Barcelona this week. / SUR
  • For two days running figures offered by the Health Ministry for new positive Covid-19 tests have been close to a thousand

A daily rise in infections in Spain of a third was announced on Thursday afternoon, a rate of percentage increase not seen since the start of the pandemic in March.

On Thursday there were 971 new cases on the previous day through positive PCR test results, up 33 per cent on Wednesday’s figure of 730. This was the highest total daily increase since early May, before lockdown was eased.

On Friday the new case figure had fallen slightly but remained high at 922.

Once again, the northern region of Aragón headed the list, with 415 fresh cases on Thursday and 298 on Friday. Catalonia, another area of worry for the authorities, was in second place with 182 cases on Thursday and 133 on Friday.

The region of Madrid reported 107 cases on Friday, and Navarra, 93.

Phase One again in Murcia

The town of Totana in Murcia has been forced to take the drastic step back to Phase One of lockdown easing, it was announced on Thursday. The measure came from the regional Health department after a sudden surge in cases, up to 55 so far recorded, linked to local night life. The regional minister of Health made a special plea for local Latin Americans to observe social distancing, after 60 per cent of the new infections came from that community.

The national Health ministry reported 57 new localised outbreaks across Spain on the day.