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Spain sees patients given the coronavirus all-clear outnumber new cases for the first time

Fernando Simón and María José Rallo.
Fernando Simón and María José Rallo. / EFE
  • On Friday 2,796 new cases were reported, 309 fewer than the 3,105 patients who received the news that they had recovered from Covid-19

In Spain for the first time the daily number of patients given the all-clear is more than new cases of infection. On Friday 2,796 new cases were reported, 309 fewer than the 3,105 patients who received the news that they had recovered from Covid-19.

By Thursday the country had been stuck around the 400-daily-death mark for five 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.

Covid-19 had claimed the lives of 22,524 people across Spain since the beginning of the epidemic by Friday.

The number of people infected (219,764) also continues to increase at a rate of around two per cent despite the fact that almost four times more tests are being carried out than a fortnight ago.