Spain coronavirus hell: Cases hit 100,000 as death toll soars – terrifying update

Spain coronavirus hell: Cases hit 100,000 as death toll soars – terrifying update

The health ministry said there have been 7,719 new cases for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, sending the overall total soaring to 102.136 – up from 94,417..

A further 864 people have died, with the death toll rising to 9,053 from 8,189 on Tuesday.

But the health ministry said the daily death rate increase was lower in percentage terms than during the previous days.

There have been more than 43,000 deaths across the world from coronavirus since the outbreak began.

Spain has registered the second most deaths from coronavirus, only behind Italy, which has recorded more than 12,000 fatalities.

Last week, the country overtook China – where coronavirus originated – in terms of the number of deaths from the pandemic.

There have also been nearly 872,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with the deadly disease spreading to some 200 countries.

Spain has also recorded the second most COVID-19 infections, behind the USA which has nearly 190,000.

Spain has entered its third week of a nationwide lockdown, while the first batch of medical supplies requested by the country from NATO’s disaster coordination centre arrived from the Czech Republic by plane on Sunday evening.

At the weekend, the Government announced all non-essential workers should stay at home for two weeks.

Antonio Garamendi, president of Spain’s business association, said the lockdown could lead to a full-blown social crisis and criticised the delay in clarifying which sectors were “essential”.

He said in a television interview: “If you stop the country, we’ll have a huge social problem within five months.”

Spain’s health emergency chief Fernando Simon, who has been in regular contact with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez throughout the outbreak, tested positive for coronavirus on Monday.

He said Spain was unlikely to need further restrictive measures, besides those already announced, while data was being analysed.

The Government has approved a £620million aid package, including a measure to suspend evictions of vulnerable households for six months after the state of emergency is lifted.

This will cover the unemployed, workers who have been temporarily laid off or lost hours, self-employed people on low earnings, people who have lost short-term contracts and domestic workers who have had to stay at home.

A moratorium on mortgage payments was also extended to include the self-employed.

Spain’s Foreign Minister has also proposed increasing the European Union’s budget to help tackle the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Arancha Gonzalez told French radio station Europe1: “Perhaps we should improve European cashflow, perhaps the European budget should be larger.”

This is a breaking story. More to follow.

Published at Wed, 01 Apr 2020 09:50:00 +0000