The daily rate of CCP virus infections, hospitalizations, and deaths stayed flat in Spain, according to figures released by the Ministry of Health.
Spanish authorities reported 6,180 new confirmed cases, 423 new hospitalizations, 63 new intensive care admissions, and 757 new deaths.
One of the hardest-hit countries in the world by COVID-19, a disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus, Spanish authorities for days have said the peak appears to have arrived.
“We have consolidated the slowdown in the spread of the virus,” Health Minister Salvador Illa said in a statement.
The virus spreads rapidly, causing a rise in the number of infections. Nations around the world have worked to curb the spread. At some point, the number of infections and other measures, like hospitalizations, hit a high in each area before falling.
Spain again saw a major jump in the number of hospital discharges, with nearly 5,000 leaving hospitals, bringing the total of “cured” to 48,021.
The country has been under lockdown for weeks, with people only allowed to leave home for trips described as essential. Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, said over the weekend that the lockdown wouldn’t soon be lifted but left open the possibility of easing some restrictions.
Part of the reason Spain’s mortality rate is so much higher than most other countries is because the healthcare system was overloaded in the Madrid area due to the influx of COVID-19 patients. Around 2,000 of the new cases were in Madrid but the number of patients in intensive care units, a key marker, dropped by about 50 in the capital and its environs.
“We have observed a de-escalation at this hospital in particular, and I believe at all hospitals,” Jorge Rivera, at spokesman for the Hospital Severo Ochoa in Leganes near Madrid, told AFP.
“We can’t let down our guard, emergency services are now working below their full capacity and are working well, they are not saturated and overcrowded but it does not mean that we can relax and go to the emergency ward because you have an ailment,” he added.
Spain’s government said it distributed one million rapid tests, sending more than 200,000 to Madrid and another 180,200 to Catalonia. Over the past month, the government distributed more than 54 million items, including tests, ventilators, and personal protective equipment like masks and gowns. More than 33 million masks were sent out, a quarter of which went to Madrid.