Virus Cases in Spain Breach 1-Million Mark
Spain saw the number of coronavirus cases breach past one million, nine months since it recorded its first diagnosis.
On Wednesday, BBC UK reported that the country now has 1,005,295 infections after it reported 16,973 more infections and 156 deaths in just 24 hours.
The death toll increased to 34,366 in total.
The updated figures put Spain on the sixth spot with the highest number of coronavirus cases globally, after the United States, India, Brazil, Russia, and Argentina.
It can be learned that Spain was one of the countries which resorted to imposing stricter measures in a bid to keep the virus outbreak at bay.
However, the struggling economy prompted the government in August to finally open the doors to tourists.
Since then, the country has reported an average of 10,000 coronavirus cases per day, while hospital admissions have jumped by 20%.
According to BBC, lawmakers were bitterly divided over how to handle the situation, as politicians in the national parliament were debating a no-confidence motion in Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
Meanwhile, the central government has repeatedly clashed with regional heads over the best ways to proceed.
Earlier this month, Madrid’s centre-right authorities successfully imposed a partial lockdown on the capital, which accounted for a third of all Spain’s cases.
The Spanish government, however, ordered a 15-day state of emergency in the city.
The health minister was set to sit with regional leaders on Thursday to discuss the next steps in combating the virus.
On Wednesday, Madrid regional head Isabel Díaz Ayuso promised surgical measures to ensure a balance between the economy and health.
“For us, the most important thing is that the economy doesn’t suffer any more,” she was quoted as saying.
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