Coronavirus-related deaths in Spain have dropped for the fourth consecutive day in a row, according to figures released on Monday, showing 637 deaths in the past 24 hours, the lowest number in nearly two weeks.
Fatalities, which were sharply down on the record 950 on Thursday, brought the total deaths in the country to 13,055, second only to Italy, AFP reports.
The number of new infections also slowed, increasing 3.3% to 135,032, down from a rise of 24.8% on 21 March. Over 40,000 coronavirus patients have been discharged from hospital – nearly 30% of all confirmed cases of the disease.
The Spanish government is studying how to gradually ease the lockdown imposed on 14 March, which is due to last until 25 April.
The government plans to ramp up testing to be able to isolate people who are infected but not showing symptoms. As for face masks, foreign minister Arancha González Laya said on Monday: “We will probably all have to learn to use them as a prophylactic, at least until there is a vaccine.”