MADRID | Spain has identified Sunday 87 died of the coronavirus in 24 hours, passing under the bar of 100 deaths for the first time in two months, on the eve of an enlargement of the déconfinement including Madrid and Barcelona are excluded.
“We are for the first time in a long time under the 100, which is a good news “, has welcomed Sunday the director of the Centre for health emergencies, Fernando Simon. At the height of the epidemic, 950 deaths daily were recorded at the beginning of April.
Spain remains one of the most affected countries in the world by the pandemic that there was a total of 27 650 deaths, according to the balance sheet of the ministry of Health published Sunday. More than 231 000 cases confirmed by PCR tests have been recorded.
According to Dr. Simon, Spain is “very close (…) to have put an end to the” transmission between people thanks to the “efforts” of the population. But ” the risk of a second wave remains very important “, he warned.
Spain launched last Monday in a half of the country a déconfinement into three phases which must be spread until the end of the month of June.
With the agreement given by the government to the déconfinement of new provinces on Monday, about 70 % of Spaniards have begun their déconfinement next week.
The first phase of déconfinement provides, in particular, the re-opening of the terraces of bars and restaurants as well as the authorization of family meetings or between friends, to a maximum of ten people.
In the Face of the fear of a rebound in contagion, the region of Madrid, a large part of the neighbouring region of Castile and Leon, as well as the agglomeration of Barcelona are going to continue to be confined next week. However, the government has decided to relax the measures allowing small businesses to open without an appointment.
The right-wing government of the region of Madrid and the city council have denounced the decision as ” political “.
And for the past several days, demonstrations have been taking place every evening in an upscale district of the capital to denounce the management of the health crisis by the left-wing government of Pedro Sanchez. A movement imitated this weekend, in other areas of Madrid or in the city of Salamanca (Castile and Leon).