Following the continued decline of deaths in Spain which have resulted from the Coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Health has decided that it is now time to shut down the main field hospital which was located in the IFEMA business and exhibition center in Madrid.
The latest statistics show less than 300 deaths from Coronavirus througout Spain and suggest that the number of new daily cases is slowly declining with just 1.175 new infections reported in the last 24 hours. In total around 215.000 people have been infected with Covid-19 in Spain and almost 25.000 people have died.
IFEMA, the largest conference center in Madrid, was transformed into a field hospital in late March and it’s closure is a symbolic sign that the country is finally exiting from the total lockdown which was introduced by the Spanish government in the middle of March.
▶ El Hospital temporal de la Comunidad de Madrid, levantado en tiempo récord en IFEMA, es un ejemplo para el mundo.
? Gracias a todos los que han hecho posible, de nuevo, que España haya asombrado al mundo. Y sobre todo gracias por cuidarnos. pic.twitter.com/gRts43aGlI
— Comunidad de Madrid (@ComunidadMadrid) May 1, 2020
“This huge challenge is over thanks to the enthusiasm of so many people who wanted to help. The mission accomplished,” Dr. Antonio Zapatero, the temporary medical director of IFEMA, said on Twitter Friday.
1 de Mayo, hoy damos las últimas altas en #HOSPITALIFEMA , termina ese maravilloso desafío que ha sido posible gracias a la ilusión de mucha gente que sólo ha querido ayudar.Mision cumplida.Muchas gracias compañeros,muy grandes?????????? pic.twitter.com/Uy1TOnrs1G
— AntonioZapatero (@ZapateroAntonio) May 1, 2020
IFEMA took care of more than 4,000 COVID-19 patients, 17 of whom died. It was opened as a field hospital at the end of March in order to provide additional support to other hospitals in Spain’s capital. While all of the patients have now been discharged from the center, some beds will remain in case of a second wave.