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Spain’s coronavirus deaths soar past 1,000, while infections rise to nearly 20,000
20 March 2020 @ 19:45

The latest figures from the Health Ministry on Friday put the number of coronavirus infections at 19,988, with 1,141 patients in intensive care and 1,002 dead.

Fernando Simón, the director of the Health Ministry’s Coordination Center for Health Alerts, said that the number of cases had risen by 16.5%, which was “substantially lower” than the 25% spike in infections reported on Thursday.

The health expert, however, warned that the figures may not be an accurate reflection of the local transmission of the virus.

“In some communities, the suspicion is that the local transmission is greater than what is indicated by the figures,” said Simón. “We are not able to report on cases that have not been confirmed, and we don’t have an objective idea of community transmission. Studies are being done to understand the situation. It is very likely that the figures underestimate the total transmission.”

Simón added that the health authorities were doing everything possible to prevent coronavirus fatalities, but that in serious cases “death is a reality.” According to the health expert, 10,542 people have been hospitalized with the coronavirus (52% of the total number of infections), and 1,585 had been cured.

When asked why Germany had a lower fatality rate from the Covid-19, Simón replied: “I cannot explain it ... We are making an effort to understand it, to see whether if it is the reality or if  there are discrepancies in the methodology.” As of Friday morning, Germany had 13,957 confirmed cases of coronavirus, but only 31 deaths.

The Madrid region recorded the highest number of cases, with 7,165 patients testing positive for the virus, 44.1% of the total in Spain. As of Friday, the northern Basque Country had 1,465 cases.

Lockdown in Spain

Spanish authorities congratulated citizens on Friday for their efforts in observing the stay-at-home orders issued by the government on Saturday, following the declaration of a state-of alarm that placed the entire country on lockdown.

“Yesterday [on Thursday] I spoke about discipline. I have to congratulate all Spaniards, who have been behaving like soldiers at this time,” said Miguel Ángel Villarroya, the Defense Chief of Staff. “In this strange war, we are all soldiers. Everyone has a role that corresponds to them.”

María José Rallo, the secretary-general of the Transportation Ministry, said that the confinement orders were being respected, noting that occupancy had fallen to 14% on the intercity train line Cercanias, with respect to a normal day, and to 2% for medium and long-distance train services.

The joint operational director of the National Police, José Ángel González, warned, however, that the number of arrests for disobeying the state of alarm was on the rise. Since the decree came into effect, 157 people have been arrested for breaching the restrictions on movement. “We are going to increase the number of patrols at transportation hubs to avoid crowds. We will strengthen the surveillance of the exits and entry points into other cities,” he said.

Simón added that “we are coming up to a week since the implementation of the decree. The most difficult days that must be endured are upon us.”

 

[source El Pais]



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Emerald said:
21 March 2020 @ 10:31

Any update on the Corona virus in the Benijofar area.


markmyword said:
21 March 2020 @ 17:09

I have a suspicion that Spain is not doing its citizens any favours by not permitting any walking / strolling singly in uncrowded streets. This means that more families will congregate at home; bear in mind that crowded rooms are breeding grounds for the spread of the virus. In addition the overall health of the nation will suffer through lack of exercise possibilities.

In a country where there are already far too many laws and not enough enforcement, surely it would be better to appeal to residents' common sense and strongly advise or warn people not to go out in groups, rather than make it a criminal offence for anyone to go for a solitary walk. If keeping a safe distance of 2 metres from others is what this particular emergency measure aims to achieve, then it is simply moving the danger into private homes. The Spanish government needs to look at countries where the virus numbers and mortality rates are much lower than Spain's, and learn from exactly how this has been achieved. It will find that, in most cases, it is being done by using a carrot rather than a stick.


beiderbeck said:
22 March 2020 @ 08:11

Help ! Can anyone point me in the direction of an accurate translation and interpretation of the restrictions on movement and ?moratorium ? on mortgage repayments. I have heard of - only one allowed in a car - sanitize your car before and after an authorised trip - mortgage holiday/moratorium - only one in a supermarket - perhaps Eye on Spain could just have a spot for this type of public service information ? Carry on the EYE - so important in these difficult times. Cheers ,


eos_ian said:
22 March 2020 @ 13:21

Here is some additional information to help you.

Article:

https://www.eyeonspain.com/blogs/whosaidthat/19723/spains-lockdown-key-measures-that-are-now-in-place.aspx

Article:

https://www.eyeonspain.com/blogs/spainnews/19728/moratorium-on-mortgages-and-social-security-contributions-agreed.aspx


Legal Forum chat with Maria de Castro:

https://www.eyeonspain.com/forums/posts-long-24402.aspx


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