Spain surpasses China in coronavirus deaths

Spain surpasses China in coronavirus deaths
Medical equipment shortage is becoming a big headache for the medics. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times, Madrid: Spain surpasses China, became the second second-highest tally of coronavirus deaths after Italy.

Health authorities in Spain have confirmed more than 700 deaths in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll to 3,434. More than 48 thousand people have been infected by the virus.

3,285 people died from the virus in China, while Italy is far ahead than any other country, 6,820. It was inevitable that Spain surpasses China, because the deaths was in spike in the country for the week.

Meanwhile, Spanish medics demand protection as the death toll surge.

The Spanish Confederation of Medical Unions (CESM) has presented a legal demand to the country’s Supreme Court asking the health ministry to provide sufficient protective equipment as soon as possible.

CESM alleged the ministry had so far failed to provide professional health workers with sufficient protection so that they can carry out their work in a manner that reduces the risk of being infected by coronavirus.

The complaint alleged that the health ministry violated a World Health Organization recommendation which stated that doctors and nurses and other auxiliary workers should be able to carry out their duties with enough security without becoming ill.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court threw out the challenge saying the ministry is doing everything possible to ensure the safety of workers in this emergency situation.

Medics in other European countries, including the United Kingdom and Italy have made similar allegations in recent weeks.

The coronavirus situation is getting worse day by day. As of Wednesday afternoon, 441,187 people have been confirmed as infected by the virus worldwide, with 19,675 people died from it, and 111,933 recovered, according to the data showcased by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

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