There were 812 Covid-19 victims in the last 24 hours, compared to 838 the day before. Health Ministry official Fernando Simón has tested positive for the virus.
Official figures released on Monday by the Spanish Health Ministry showed that there were 812 deaths from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, a slight fall from the previous day which saw a new record of 838. The total number of deaths in Spain since the health crisis began has now reached 7,340.
Speaking in Simón’s place at the press conference on Monday, his deputy, María José Sierra, pointed to a fall in the number of new infections since the state of alarm had been put in place and residents of Spain were confined to their homes more than two weeks ago. “Since March 25 we have noticed a change in the trend, due to the confinement measures,” she explained. She also pointed to the pressure on the country’s intensive care units (ICUs). “It is going to be important to reduce this pressure before we can think about deescalating the measures,” she said.
Spain's Foreign Minister, Arancha González, has told the country's latest national figures show the virus’s upwards curve appears to be flattening out.
The Spanish authorities have confirmed 6,398 more cases of coronavirus. This brings the total to 85,195 - higher than that of China, where the outbreak began.
Another 812 deaths have also been reported. The national total now stands at 7,340, making Spain the worst-affected country in the world behind Italy.
Madrid, Catalonia and the Basque region remain the hardest-hit areas.
But there is some good news: the number of new confirmed cases is the lowest reported for a week.
Ms González said pressure on intensive care units remained the biggest challenge, and new restrictions would help contain the spread.
The foreign minister also said it was unfair to single out Spain because other countries - including Italy and the US - were also dealing with unprecedented numbers.