Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Virus deaths down for fourth consecutive day in Spain

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MADRID: Spain declared Monday a fourth consecutive drop in the number of coronavirus-related deaths with 637 over the past 24 hours, the lowest number in nearly two weeks.

Fatalities, which were sharply down on the record 950 on Thursday, brought the total deaths in the country to 13,055, second only to Italy.

The official figures represent an increase of 5.1% over the last 24 hours, compared to a 4.8% rise on Sunday and a 32.63% leap as recently as March 21.

The number of new infections also slowed, rising 3.3% to 135,032, down from a rise of 24.8% on March 21. “These figures confirm again this downwards tendency which we have been observing,” said Maria Jose Sierra of the health ministry’s emergencies coordination unit.

Over 40,000 coronavirus patients have been discharged from hospital, or nearly 30% of all confirmed cases of the disease, she added.

With deaths and new infections falling the Spanish government is studying how to gradually ease the lockdown imposed on the country of 47 million people on March 14. It has been extended until April 25.

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