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Black Monday: Spain's weekend death toll is the worst of the Covid-19 crisis

Healthcare workers treat a patient with coronavirus. File photograph.
Healthcare workers treat a patient with coronavirus. File photograph. / EFE
  • Over the weekend 909 deaths were recorded but infections have fallen by 69 per cent in a week

Never before has Spain had such a black Monday. The country today (8 February) recorded 909 deaths over the weekend since last Friday.

Despite the very high number of deaths, that brings the toll to 62,295 since the start of the pandemic, it was not a surprise in the department headed by Carolina Darias. Experts had expected these high figures as a result of the leap in cases that occurred in Spain from the first week of January on account of the 'Christmas effect' and the arrival of new, more contagious, strains of the coronavirus.

But the onslaught of the virus in the third wave appears to be losing strength. Spain added 47,095 cases over the weekend, the best figure for a month. In just one week, infections have fallen by 69 per cent compared to the 79,896 recorded last Monday.

The sharp decrease in cases was translated into a fall in the national cumulative incidence rate which fell by 83 points by two days. Including today, the rate has been dropping for twelve consecutive days. Not one of the 19 territories (17 communities and 2 autonomous cities) was above a thousand cases and the rate fell in each and every one of the regions and cities.

But there are still three regions, this Monday, with a rate of more than 900: the Valencian Community (994), Castilla y León (936) and La Rioja (929).