Spain tightens lockdown measures to tackle coronavirus

Henrietta Brewer
March 29, 2020

Spain has the world's second-highest coronavirus death toll after Italy, losing another 832 people over the last 24 hours as the number of cases soared to 72,248.

Spain reports over 838 deaths from the novel coronavirus overnight bringing the nation's death toll to 6,528 which is the highest ever recorded in the country.

The number of infections rose by more than 6,500 from Saturday to Sunday for a new total of 78,797.

The continued decrease in the rate of new people getting infected with the illness suggests that strict measures introduced by Spanish authorities on March 14 are curbing the spread of the virus.

"We still have a big problem with the saturation of our intensive care units", Simon said, indicating the worst crisis would probably take hold at the end of next week. Portugal also saw a rise in Coronavirus cases in late March.

Workers will be prevented from commuting to workplaces in all industries unrelated to health care, food production and distribution for at least two weeks.

"We are working around the increase the availability of these products within the national health system", she said.

A delivery of 1.2 million masks bought by the Ministry of Transport from China for health, transport and postal workers touched down at Madrid airport, the government said.

Beginning Monday, all the people in Spain are banned from commuting, except for those in essential jobs, such as at grocery stores, pharmacies, or banks.

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