Spanish deaths fall for fourth consecutive day

Spanish deaths fall for fourth consecutive day
The fall comes after a peak last Thursday, when 950 people died with the virus. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times, Madrid: Spanish authorities data shows the daily number of coronavirus deaths has fallen in the country for a fourth consecutive day, boosting hopes it has passed the outbreak’s peak.

The country has reported 637 deaths on Monday, taking the total deaths to more than 13,000.

For more than three weeks, Spain’s population has been living under severe restrictions, with lockdown measures now extended toward the end of April.

The country has more than 135,000 confirmed cases, the most in Europe, but new infections have been slowing.

Spanish officials say they plan to widen coronavirus testing to include those without symptoms.

Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez said: “It is important to know who is contaminated to be able to gradually lift Spanish citizens’ lockdown.”

Death rates are slowing in other worst-hit European countries, including Italy, France, and Germany. This slow death and active cases are raising hope that strict social distancing measures are curbing the spread of Covid-19.

There have been more than 70,000 deaths confirmed and 1.2m cases around the world since the virus emerged in China in December.

What are the latest Spanish figures?

Monday’s figures show an increase of 4,273 new confirmed cases, bringing the national total to 135,032.

Spain remains second in the total number of cases, only to the US, which has a much larger population.

The country has the second-highest death toll in the world, while Italy captured the first place. But Monday’s figure of 637 is the lowest recorded in almost two weeks, since 24 March.

The deputy head of Spain’s health emergency committee, Maria Jose Sierra said Monday that the pandemic’s growth rate appeared to be slowing down “in almost every region” of the country.

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