The Health Ministry’s Fernando Simón, says “12.5% of patients have recovered from coronavirus here so far

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The Health Ministry’s Fernando Simón, says “12.5% of patients have recovered from coronavirus here so far.

This figure is rising every day but unfortunately we still have a larger number of deaths, the majority, 67%, are aged above 80 years old.”

Simón said “We have gone from an increase of 738 on Wednesday to 655 on Thursday. “We don’t know if this will be a trend just yet, but it does give us a bit of hope.”

Health Minister Salvador Illa agreed that the figures “indicate a change in trend that leads them to believe that we are beginning a stabilisation phase.”

The total number of deaths in the country rose to 4,089. 56,188 people have been infected, with 31,912 currently in hospital.

Of these, 3,679 are in intensive care, while 7,015 patients have recovered and have been released from hospital.

Among those who have been discharged from hospital after contracting the coronavirus is Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo.

The Socialist Party (PSOE) politician said on Twitter that she would be “continuing with medical treatment at home, remaining isolated.”

The joint operational chief of the National Police, José Ángel González, has voiced words of thanks for shop staff during the crisis who are ensuring that people are not short of supplies.

He also said that fake messages were being shared via social media warning that domestic violence offenses were on the rise.

“This is not true,” he said. “They have drastically fallen. As have all crimes but have no doubt that we are not letting our guard down.”

Some of the rapid coronavirus tests that the Spanish government has been promising, and planning to use to determine the real contagion levels in Spain, do not work properly.

Fernando Simón revealed that around 9,000 of the fast tests from China were defective, and have been returned.

The health expert added that new sources have been found to supply the tests.