Spain has surpassed 22 000 people died of the novel coronavirus on Thursday after a slight increase in the number of deaths in 24 hours for the third consecutive day, announced the ministry of Health.
In total, 22 157 people had succumbed to the Covid-19 in the country, the third most grief-stricken of the world by the pandemic behind the United States and Italy.
In 24 hours, 440 deaths were reported, against 435 on Wednesday. This is the third day of a slight rebound in the number of deaths daily, which was passed on Monday under the mark of 400 for the first time in four weeks.
The number of confirmed cases rose to more than 4600 in 24 hours and now exceeds the 213 000, the second highest in the world behind the United States.
“We are achieving the objectives of deceleration and slowdown for this week, but we are in a hard phase of the epidemic,” stressed the minister of Health Salvador Illa.
The strict confinement to which are subjected the Spaniards since march 14, was extended on Wednesday by the mps until may 9, inclusive.
The government leader Pedro Sanchez said on Wednesday that a déconfinement “slow and gradual” could be envisaged during the ” second half of the month of may.”
“The containment will be lifted if we are prepared, because we’re not going to run any risk “, he insisted.
This containment will be relaxed from Sunday for children who have the right to go out and walk around after having been locked up since mid-march.