More than one million Corona virus cases recorded in Spain

Cheryl Sanders
October 24, 2020

According to the Spanish Ministry of Health, on Wednesday 21 October 2020, Spain (47 million inhabitants) passed the one million mark in terms of the number of people affected by Covid-19 with 1,005,295 cases.

France, meanwhile, is also projected to hit one million cases, after seeing a new all-time daily record of 30,000 new cases.

In the past weeks, daily records of COVID-19 cases in many European countries have been smashed repeatedly as the continent took the brunt of surges in the second wave of the pandemic.

"We are facing very tough weeks ahead, winter is coming, the second wave is no longer a threat, it is a reality across Europe", he told a news conference, adding the government was "open to everything" to contain the virus.

156 people died in Spain during the day. "At present, we still have a chance to slow down the further spread of the virus", RKI President Lothar Wieler told the media. The US still has the highest number of confirmed virus cases in the world, with more than 8.8. million.

Vox, which argued that the minority leftist coalition government had botched the handling of the coronavirus pandemic, was the only party that voted for it, a day after the country's infections hit one million.

While daily deaths have been hovering around 100 - a far cry from the peak of almost 900 registered in late March - nationwide hospital admissions have jumped 20 percent in two weeks and 70 percent in the north-eastern region of Catalonia. Emmanuel Macron's government announced that several more regions of the country see the 9 pm to 6 am curfew reimposed.

The Central Government has frequently clashed with regional authorities and with Casado over coronavirus measures, and some experts say those political quarrels have hampered the fight against the pandemic. However, health experts warn that some hospitals may collapse again.

Earlier this month, Madrid's centre-right authorities successfully had a partial lockdown imposed on the capital overturned in court. The northern region of Navarra has prohibited non-essential travel from and to the region.

Angela Hernandez Puente, a doctor and the deputy secretary of Madrid's Amtys medical association, said the situation was very worrying, but not comparable with the overwhelming pressure the health system came under in March when intensive care units were full and staff lacked personal protective equipment.

The Valencia region was also set to request curfew measures, El Pais newspaper reported, but a health ministry source told Reuters it was not yet clear if enough regions would take that stance for a decision to be made on Thursday.

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