Covid-19 disease afflicts 9,000 health workers in Spain

Cheryl Sanders
March 28, 2020

According to the statement made by the Spanish Ministry of Health, 769 people have died in the country only in the last 24 hours due to coronavirus.

27 de marzo de 2020, 13:23Madrid, March 27 (Prensa Latina) 14,7 percent of the total confirmed cases in Spain is from health workers, reported on Friday the director of the Center of Alerts and Health Emergencies, Fernando Simon. The figures contrast with tat of 655 fatalities on Thursday and 738 the previous day. It was a 19 percent increase on figures released Wednesday by the authorities in Spain, which has the world's second highest death toll from the disease after Italy.

According to the data of Johns Hopkins University, Spain ranks fourth worldwide with the number of confirmed cases.

Spain is struggling to cope with the outbreak, with a Real Madrid soccer stadium being used as a medical supply store and a fairground in Madrid turned into a mass testing area.

But despite the positive indications, Simon said there would be no immediate easing of the situation at hospitals, warning: "This pressure on the care system will continue and could even increase in the coming three, four or five days". "All the countries are fighting to secure domestic production, fighting to get supplies from China".

More than 4,000 patients are in serious condition with an overall death toll of 4,858, the ministry said in its daily update.

Schools, bars, restaurants and shops selling non-essential items have been shut since March 14 and most of the population is house-bound as Spain tries to stop the virus spreading.

"We may be entering a phase of stabilization, but we haven't reached the peak yet", Health Minister Salvador Illa said at a news conference in Madrid.

By Friday, 9,444 medical staff were infected, up from 5,400 on Tuesday.

On Thursday, Spain extended its coronavirus lockdown for another two weeks until 11 April.

Alitalia, Italy's bankrupt state airline, announced it will lay off nearly 7,000 workers, while Arcelor Mittal's Taranto steel mill, Europe's largest by capacity, asked to temporarily suspend its whole staff, more than 8,000 people.

But northern countries, led by Germany and the Netherlands, are refusing to budge, with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warning the very future of the European project was at stake.

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