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US News Spain sees smallest rise in coronavirus deaths in almost two weeks - 637 - while rate of new infections continues to fall as government says universal basic income will be brought in 'as soon as possible' to help families

15:11  06 april  2020
15:11  06 april  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Coronavirus deaths in Spain surge by 832 in 24 hours

  Coronavirus deaths in Spain surge by 832 in 24 hours The number of people to have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Spain has surged by 832 to 5,690. A further 8,189 cases were detected in the country in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 72,248.The rise in Spain came as German chancellor Angela Merkel thanked people in her country for being largely compliant during the lockdown there.The number of confirmed cases in Germany has continued to increase, with Ms Merkel's chief of staff saying the shutdown would not be eased before 20 April.

Spain records smallest rate of increase in infections ; Trump tells Americans to expect ‘a lot of Italy has reported its lowest increase in deaths in two weeks , with 525 new coronavirus deaths on Sunday. Authorities said that the daily rate of new infections has fallen significantly in recent days.

Spain records smallest rate of increase in infections ; Trump tells Americans to expect ‘a lot of Italy has reported its lowest increase in deaths in two weeks , with 525 new coronavirus deaths on Sunday. Authorities said that the daily rate of new infections has fallen significantly in recent days.

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Spain recorded 637 new coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours - the fourth straight day that number has fallen and the lowest daily total since March 24.

The figure raises the total killed during the country's crisis from 12,418 to 13,055. The number of new infections increased by 4,273 from 130,759 to 135,032. 

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It marks a 3.3 per cent rise in new cases and a 5.1 per cent rise in new deaths, the lowest rate of increase since lockdown measures were announced on March 14 amid signs the strict policy is working. 

Spain has announced that 637 people died in the last 24 hours from coronavirus, the fourth straight day that number has declined and the lowest total since March 24 © Provided by Daily Mail Spain has announced that 637 people died in the last 24 hours from coronavirus, the fourth straight day that number has declined and the lowest total since March 24 Spain and Italy were among the first European countries to go into lockdown as they were hit hardest and quickest by the virus - but are now plotting their route back out again as the infection eases.

On Sunday, Spain's economy minister said the country will bring in a form of universal basic income 'as soon as possible' to help families hit by the lockdown. 

a close up of a sign: The country also announced 4,273 new cases as the infection rate fell to 3.3 per cent, the lowest level since lockdown measures were introduced © Provided by Daily Mail The country also announced 4,273 new cases as the infection rate fell to 3.3 per cent, the lowest level since lockdown measures were introduced

Nadia Calvino told the La Sexta newspaper that parliament is planning to introduce a pilot programme, with a view to it becoming a permanent policy.

It will compliment 'a series of measures so that no one is left out or left behind, starting with the workers,' she said. 

a group of people standing around a bus: Spain is now plotting economic measures to restart the economy as the end of the lockdown period appears to be approaching (pictured, medics in Madrid) © Provided by Daily Mail Spain is now plotting economic measures to restart the economy as the end of the lockdown period appears to be approaching (pictured, medics in Madrid) If fully implemented, it would mark the first time that an entire country has adopted a permanent form of universal basic income, after trials and referendums on the measure in countries including Finland, Canada and Switzerland. 

Spain recorded 950 deaths from coronavirus on April 2 - which now appears to have been the peak of the country's outbreak, with that figure falling every day since.

While infection data has been less clear-cut, amid issues with testing, the rate of new infections has been falling consistently since March 25.

Despite the encouraging signs, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Sunday that he would be extending the country-wide lockdown until April 26.  

a woman posing for a picture: Nadia Calvino, deputy prime minister and minister for economic affairs, said a pilot scheme for basic income will be brought in 'as soon as possible' with a view to it being permanent © Provided by Daily Mail Nadia Calvino, deputy prime minister and minister for economic affairs, said a pilot scheme for basic income will be brought in 'as soon as possible' with a view to it being permanent

He said Spain is 'close' to defeating the virus and would begin to make a transition to 'recover some of our economic and social life'.

He added that the extension was needed 'in order to give time to the health system to recover'. 

a close up of text on a black background: Europe has been the hardest-hit region in the world with coronavirus so far, accounting for the largest number of deaths and hundreds of thousands of infections © Provided by Daily Mail Europe has been the hardest-hit region in the world with coronavirus so far, accounting for the largest number of deaths and hundreds of thousands of infections It marked the second time the lockdown has been extended since coming into force on March 14.

Madrid, the capital, has recorded the highest number of deaths from coronavirus in the country, at 4,941, followed by Catalonia, which has recorded 2,637 deaths.

Andalusia, which includes the Costa del Sol, has recorded 8,301 cases and 470 deaths. 

Spain recorded its highest number on Thursday this week, at 950. 

Health chiefs say although the actual number of coronavirus infections is stabilising, the situation could worsen if confinement orders were lifted.

The government's current strategy aims to lift the restrictions after the Easter holidays, reports El Pais. 

a group of people on a sidewalk: Funeral workers pictured preparing to bury a coffin as Spain is gripped by coronavirus © Provided by Daily Mail Funeral workers pictured preparing to bury a coffin as Spain is gripped by coronavirus

Spain has recorded the second highest number of deaths from coronavirus in the world, with its numbers only being surpassed by Italy. 

The Prime Minister needs the support of Spain's lower house, the Congress of Deputies, to extend the alarm but Pablo Casado, the leader of the conservative Popular Party (PP) has been increasingly critical of the government's handling of the crisis. 

He recently accused the Socialist leader of 'improvising' and said his way of dealing with the coronavirus crisis was an 'explosive cocktail of arrogance, incompetence and lies'.

Spain is also working on new advice and measures, including advising all Spaniards to wear face masks when outside. 

At the moment, however, there are insufficient stocks to give to the entire population. 

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading - here is what you can and can't do. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland, anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

Nineteen presidents of PS departments demand a universal "basic income" .
Presidents of PS departments wish, thanks to a basic income, to "absorb the social shock" linked to the world economic crisis. © afp.com/Kostis Ntantamis The allowance would be free of charge, accessible from 18 years of age. (Illustration) They say it is a "pragmatic" tool. Nineteen PS presidents of departments demand, this Sunday, the establishment of an universal basic income to fight against poverty, in the context of the epidemic of coronavirus .

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