Spain records 239 coronavirus deaths in the deadliest day since lockdown
The latest figures reported by Spain’s Health Ministry show 239 deaths within a 24 hour period, the highest figure since early May when the country was in strict lockdown.
The number of new confirmed cases of Covid-19 has been steadily on the rise across Spain since early July but the death toll had remained low until now.
The latest data shows that the number of fatalities from coronavirus over the last seven days was 366, a figure that has almost doubled on a fortnight earlier (September 2) when 177 deaths were recorded.
This brings the total of those who have officially died of the coronavirus to 30,243 but this figure only includes those who died after a PCR tested positive and not the estimated thousands more who died in elderly residential centres or in their own homes without being tested.
But although Spain is considered to be in the grip of a “second wave” the daily fatalities are still far below the terrifying numbers seen earlier this year when on April 2nd the daily death toll reached 961.
The number of new infections rose by 11,193 according to the data released on Wednesday, with almost a third of new cases being recorded in the Madrid region which is now considering whether to impose localised lockdowns of the worst-hit districts.
Madrid reported that 1,854 cases were diagnosed in the previous 24 hours, well ahead of the next worst-hit region, the Basque Country which saw 429 new cases. A third of the total of the deaths over the last week (124) was recorded in Madrid.
Spain is the worst-hit country in western Europe with a total of confirmed cases since the pandemic broke in February now standing at 614,360.
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