After small reprieve, daily coronavirus deaths spike in Spain once more

By SM.01 Apr, 2020


The Spanish Health Ministry on Tuesday announced that a total of 849 people had died from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, setting a new record for the number of fatalities in a day.


The total number of coronavirus deaths in Spain now stands at 8,189. Registered infections have risen to 94,417 after new cases had slowed over the last five days. A total of 5,607 patients have required intensive care treatment, while 19,259 patients have recovered from the Covid-19 disease and have been discharged from hospital.


By Monday, confirmed cases had reached 85,195, putting Spain ahead of China in terms of total infections since the crisis began. Today’s rise in total cases marks an 11% day-on-day increase, compared to an 8.1% and 9% rise over the past two days.

The latest figures have dashed hopes that coronavirus deaths were on a downward trend in Spain, after 838 were registered on Sunday, and 812 on Monday. Spaniards have been confined to their homes since a state of alarm was decreed on March 14, and even stricter measures, suspending all non-essential activity in the economy, came into force on Monday given the ongoing rise in infections and deaths, and the congestion in Spanish intensive care units (ICUs).

Speaking at the daily press conference, María José Sierra from the Health Ministry’s Coordination Center for Health Alerts said that the rise in cases – mostly registered in Catalonia in Madrid – could be attributed to an accumulation not yet accounted for from the weekend.

“Since March 25 we have detected a change, moving to a 12% increase in cases when before it was 20%,“ she added.