The Health Ministry’s Fernando Simón, says that “the daily rise in fatalities from coronavirus here has stabilised, meaning we are probably not far from the peak” of infections


The Health Ministry’s Fernando Simón, says that “the daily rise in fatalities from coronavirus here has stabilised, meaning we are probably not far from the peak” of infections.

The health expert warned, however, that Spain’s healthcare system would continue to feel the strain long after the peak is reached given the time it takes for patients to present symptoms.

He said “deaths occur with a significant delay with respect to the date when symptoms begin showing,” adding that it is possible that Spain will see a rise in the number of hospitalisations, “whether we see a drop in transmissions, or not .”

The number of deaths at 3,434, is above that recorded in China, and behind Italy, where at least 6,820 people have died from the Covid-19 disease.

In the previous 24 hours, 738 people died from the virus here, a day-on-day rise of 27%.

The number of infections rose to 47,610, a jump of 7,937 or 20% since Tuesday, the rate of infections and fatalities rose by 20% and 23% respectively in the same period.

More than 5,300 people have recovered from coronavirus and been discharged, while there are still 26,960 in hospital, 3,166 of whom are in intensive care.

While the number of patients in intensive care is “stabilising” nationally, Catalonia saw nearly a 50% jump in admissions since Tuesday.

Simón admitted “Protective equipment is not easy to get as there is an international battle for it.

Health Minister Salvador Illa announced that Spain has reached a €432 million agreement to buy a large supply of personal protective equipment from China

The country will also receive 950 ventilators between April and June, 11 million gloves over the next four weeks, 5.5 million new rapid testing kits between March and April, as well as 550 million face masks.