Reviews Covid-19: Spain becomes the first European country to cross the million cases

01:30  22 october  2020
01:30  22 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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The country is the first in western Europe to surpass the milestone after the latest daily recorded COVID - 19 cases brought the total to 1,005,295 cases so far. A medical team member is disinfected before leaving the COVID - 19 ward at the Severo Ochoa hospital in Leganes, outskirts of Madrid, Spain .

Spain has recorded more than one million coronavirus cases , becoming the first western European country to pass that landmark figure. media captionThe test's manufacturer says it's 93% accurate in detecting Covid - 19 infection. But by the end of August new daily case numbers were rising by 10,000

Du personnel soignant s'occupe d'un patient atteint du Covid-19 dans un hôpital de Leganes dans la banlieue de Madrid le 9 cotobre 2020. © AP Photo / Bernat Armangue Healthcare workers take care of a patient with Covid-19 in a hospital in Leganes in the suburb of Madrid on October 9, 2020.

This Wednesday, October 21, Spain officially became the first EU member to cross the milestone of one million cases of the new coronavirus, while restrictions are increasing in the country to contain the second wave of the epidemic.

The Spanish Ministry of Health announced in the evening 16,973 cases over the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 1,005,295 since the first case detected on January 31 on the island of Gomera, in the Canary archipelago . Of that total, the death toll now stands at 34,366, after 156 new deaths were recorded in 24 hours.

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Spain has become the first Western European nation to exceed 1 million coronavirus cases , while the UK reported 26,688 new infections on Ireland is set to become the first European country to reimpose national lockdown as of midnight Wednesday, with restrictions due to last for six weeks.

Spain , like most countries , is only counting fatalities of those who have tested positive for coronavirus. The Madrid region and Catalonia, the country ’s June 19 : Spain reported many deaths that were not properly recorded from earlier in the pandemic. Spain does not regularly report new data on weekends.

Spain, with a population of some 47 million, is the sixth country in the world to cross this threshold of one million cases, after the United States, India, Brazil, Russia, and Argentina, according to a census carried out by AFP from official sources. The second wave of Covid-19 killed fewer people in Spain than the first in March and April, at the peak of the pandemic, when the country recorded more than 800 deaths per day. In addition, the average age of patients has fallen.

New measures in preparation

But while caregivers fear a new saturation of hospitals, the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, indicated on Tuesday that the government was considering new measures, including the imposition of a curfew, as France, Belgium and Slovenia have already done, as well as two regions in Italy.

"There will be very difficult weeks, winter is coming, the second wave is no longer a threat, it is a reality in all of Europe", warned Salvador Illa, who added that the government was "Open to all proposals" to curb contagions.

Country among the most bereaved by the pandemic, Spain imposed in the spring one of the strictest confinements in the world to curb the spread of the virus. But cases started to rise again this summer after the end of confinement in June. The return of nightlife and the lack of resources to identify, trace and isolate cases are the cause, according to many Spanish epidemiologists.

(With AFP)

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