MADRID | Spain recorded 410 died of the new coronavirus during the last 24 hours, against 565 the day before, the balance sheet daily, the lowest since nearly a month, announced Sunday the ministry of Health.
“This is the first time that we go below the 500 dead from that daily deaths began to climb,” stressed the head of the Center for health alerts, Fernando Simon.
This is the balance sheet on 24 hours a the lowest forecast since 22 march, for the past four weeks.
Dr. Simon recalled that the fall in numbers from Saturday to Sunday, could be explained by the slowdown of the records of deaths during the weekend and that this decline is usually followed by a rebound on Tuesday.
But “it is a figure which encourages us to hope,” he said.
Whether it be death, hospitalization or admissions to the intensive care unit, continued the doctor, “the data continues on a decreasing trend which clearly indicates that the transmission of the disease has decreased substantially, and that we are on the right track”.
The health authorities believe they have crossed the peak of the pandemic on April 2, when they had recorded 950 deaths in 24 hours. But they are not prepared to recommend the lifting of the containment, one of the strictest in Europe.
The head of government Pedro Sanchez announced on Saturday he would ask parliament to renew the containment until may 9, inclusive. The only relief that will be provided: from the 27th of April, the children, locked up since march 14, will be allowed to go outside to take the air, in conditions which remain to be clarified.
Adults can get to work if telecommuting is not possible, make essential purchases or going out briefly with the dog. But the walks and exercise they are prohibited.
The balance sheet total of the pandemic, in the third countries most hit in the world, behind the United States and Italy, rises to 20, 453 dead. The number of confirmed cases rises to 195 344, with 4218 new cases in 24 hours.