Daily Covid-19-related deaths in Spain increase slowly according to official statistics from the Ministry of Health

Fernando Simón, director of Spain's Health Ministry and Co-ordination Center for Health and Emergencies
Fernando Simón, director of Spain's Health Ministry and Co-ordination Center for Health and Emergencies

The daily death toll from Covid-19 in Spain has increased slightly according to the latest statistics published by the Spanish Health Ministry. In the last 24 hours, 184 people lost their lives, a slight increase on the previous day’s death toll which was 176. The total number of people who have died from Coronavirus in Spain has now exceeded 27,000.

The latest numbers from the Spanish Ministry of health show 439 new cases of Coronavirus which brings the total tally to 228,691, an increase of just under 0.2% from the previous day. 140,832 patients have now recovered from the virus and have been discharged from hospitals.

According to Fernando Simón, director of Spain’s Health Ministry and Co-ordination Center for Health and Emergencies, there has not been much of a change in the numbers. “The trend is very similar to the days before and we think that it will be maintained in the next few days,” he said in the daily press briefing.

Less than half of Spain’s 17 regions have reported fewer than 10 new cases of Coronavirus but, despite that, the government is still considering the use of face masks in all public areas.

Sánchez explains the need for a further extension to the State of Alarm

Spain’s Prime Minister has, once again, called for unity between the parties saying that it was essential that the State of Alarm be extended for another two weeks. Sánchez leads a minority coalition government which is made up of his own Socialist Party (PSOE) and Unidas Podemos and which has experienced some opposition in recent weeks.

Leader of the Partido Popular, Pablo Casado confirmed that his party would not support another extension saying, “We must relax the confinement measures according to at-risk groups, and replace once and for all the state of alarm. […] You continue with your lies. We’ve had enough.”