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Spain surpasses grim milestone of 70,000 Covid-19 deaths

A healthcare professional conducts a coronavirus screening test. File photograph.
A healthcare professional conducts a coronavirus screening test. File photograph. / EFE
  • Some 6,137 new coronavirus infections have been recorded in the latest 24-hour period and the cumulative incidence rate for the disease continues to drop (159)

The coronavirus pandemic has passed another grim milestone in Spain this Wednesday (3 March).

The country has exceeded 70,000 deaths with Covid-19 after another 446 new deaths were added making the total 70,247, according to the official statistics released by the Ministry of Health.

Of course, the department - headed by Carolina Darias - only records the deaths of individuals who had tested positive in a PCR test. But the excess mortality since last March is around 90,000 deaths, according to the National Institute of Statistics and the MoMo Report of the Carlos III Institute.

The rest of the indicators, however, continue to improve.

The department has recorded 6,137 new infections, the lowest figure since the 5,114 of 18 August. The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic has risen to 3,136,321.

And the cumulative incidence rate also continues to fall and stands at 159 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days, compared to 168 on Tuesday, and is the lowest incidence since 21 August, when it was 149. Additionally, eleven regions are already out of the ‘high risk’ category.