Coronavirus: Spain 'close to passing peak' as deaths fall again

Cheryl Sanders
April 4, 2020

Spain's total death toll rose to 11,744 - the world's second highest after Italy - but the 809 people who died from the disease over the past 24 hours, was below Friday's 932 and down from Thursday's daily record of 950, the health ministry said.

The number of deaths now sits at 11,744, behind only Italy, while confirmed cases in the country have climbed to 124,736.

Italy and Spain remain the world's hardest-hit countries, with a combined death toll of more than 27,000.

According to the latest worldwide media reports, 72,528 cases were added to the total tally on Friday.

12% increase in recoveries: The Spanish Health Ministry also reports that 34,219 have now recovered from the virus - almost 4,000 more than the number reported Friday, and a 12% increase. The third country with most deaths is the U.S. which is top as far as the number of infections is concerned.

The daily death toll has been between 727 and 766 for the last three days, down from 837 on March 31 and a peak of 919 on March 27.

According to latest scenario, the focus of the coronavirus crisis has switched decisively from continental Europe to the United States, with the country reporting the highest daily death toll of any nation so far. New York City has yet to receive a resupply for the up to 3,000 ventilators needed by next week, de Blasio said, urging President Donald Trump to mobilize medical personnel from the U.S. military.

The pandemic continues to spread rapidly around the globe, infecting well over one million people.

Among the closed Covid-19 cases in the country, the outcome ratio between recoveries and deaths was nearly equal during early days in March. Experts say both numbers are seriously undercounted because of the lack of testing, mild cases that were missed and governments that are underplaying the crisis.

More than 56,000 people have had to be hospatilized in Spain after contracting the virus, overwhelming the country's intensive care units.

A nationwide 15-day state of emergency was first announced on March 14 barring people from leaving home except for essential outings such as buying food or seeking medical care. Two weeks ago, Spain saw a 20 percent increase in daily deaths, while on Saturday the amount rose by just 7 percent from the previous day.

Restaurants, bars and shops are shuttered while social gatherings are banned. The number of infections soared drastically especially in countries like China, Italy, Spain and the United States.

Austria said it will set out a timetable next week for what could be "a slow startup" of closed parts of the economy. "But it is definitively way too early to identify a trend and therefore it is also too early to ease some of the strict rules we have set for ourselves". The curbs aimed at keeping Germans home are officially in place until April 19 and Merkel said it would be "irresponsible" to commit to a fixed end date.

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