Spain is the second country with the most deaths in the world, behind Italy and ahead of China. The Madrid region deplores more than half of the deaths.
The coronavirus pandemic has killed 655 people in 24 hours in Spain, bringing the toll to 4088 deaths, and 56 188 cases of contamination have been confirmed, according to figures from the Ministry of Health released on Thursday.
An increase of 19% against 27% on Wednesday
The death toll rose 19% between Wednesday and Thursday, slower than the previous day (27%) when 738 deaths were recorded. Authorities hope to reach the peak of the pandemic by the end of the week and see the numbers come down soon.
Spain is the country with the most deaths in the world behind Italy and ahead of China. The Madrid region alone deplores more than half of the dead (2090), ahead of Catalonia (672). The number of patients declared cured amounted to 7,015, an increase of 30% compared to the previous day. And 3,679 patients are in intensive care.
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The advance of the pandemic has overwhelmed many hospitals, where staff, some of whom are often contaminated, find it difficult to manage the influx of patients. “The emergencies are overwhelmed at the moment,” said Jorge Rivera, spokesman for the hospital in Leganès, on the outskirts of Madrid, by telephone. The establishment “works beyond its capacity, practically the whole hospital is engaged in the fight against the coronavirus, the intensive care units like the other departments”, he added.
Europe pays the highest price
Faced with the global crisis, a summit by videoconference on Thursday of the leaders of the 20 most industrialized countries on the planet will try to bring a coordinated response to the pandemic which, according to the UN, “threatens all of humanity”, despite unprecedented containment measures affecting more than three billion people. The European Parliament is also devoting a special session to emergency measures against the coronavirus.
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Public hospitals in London are facing a “continuing tsunami” of the seriously ill accompanied by an “unprecedented” proportion of personnel suffering from it, an official in the British public health system said on Thursday.
The Covid-19, which appeared in China in December and which killed around 20,600 people, “threatens all of humanity,” warned the UN chief. With two thirds of deaths, Europe is paying the highest price at this stage. More than 250,000 cases of new coronaviruses have been officially diagnosed there in Europe, more than half of them in Italy (74,386) and Spain (56,188), according to a count made by AFP.
“Encouraging signs”, says WHO
With at least 258,068 cases, including 14,640 deaths, Europe is the continent most affected by the pandemic, ahead of Asia (100,937 cases including 3,636 deaths), the initial focus of the contagion. This number of officially diagnosed cases, however, only reflects a fraction of the actual number of infections, with a large number of countries now testing only those in need of hospital care.
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“Although the situation remains very worrying, we are starting to see encouraging signs,” nevertheless said Thursday the head of the Europe branch of the World Health Organization (WHO), Hans Kluge.
The increase in the number of cases in Italy, the hardest hit country in the world with more than 7,500 deaths, seems to be slowing down “but it is still too early to say that the pandemic has reached its peak in this country”, he said. he adds.