The Health Ministry believes that the coronavirus epidemic could come to an end here in two months.
That is if all of the measures being taken to control the spread of Covid-19 work perfectly.
But experts consider it to be highly unlikely, Fernando Simón, the director of the Health Ministry’s Coordination Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies said “In the worst case, it could last four or five months.”
Simón was speaking as he confirmed the latest number of confirmed infections in Spain at 2,109, and the number of deaths at 49.
The government representative also stated that the epidemic will be seasonal, and that at some point between spring and summer, we will see the last of the virus.
The latest high-profile figure to test positive for Covid-19 is Ana Pastor, an ex-minister in the Popular Party (PP) administration and former speaker of Congress who currently serves as deputy speaker and is a physician by trade.
After her test came back positive she has remained at home but feels perfectly fine, without a fever or other symptoms.
She is the third member of Spanish parliament to have contracted the disease after Javier Ortega Smith and Carlos Zambrano, both from the far-right Vox.
The national leadership of the PP is considering the next steps to take, given that Pastor had an intense public agenda in recent days.
The health ministry has made it clear that the Spanish public as a whole will not be subjected in the long term to the precautionary measures that are being introduced to combat the spread of coronavirus.
These include the closure of schools and restrictions on events with large crowds in risk areas such as the Madrid and La Rioja regions, the city of Vitoria and the municipality of Labastida, both in the Basque Country.
For now, Spain is still in an ascendant phase of infection, with half of total cases registered in Madrid.
All of Spain’s 17 regions have detected cases of Covid-19, but 78% of them are confined to four of the regions: Madrid, La Rioja, the Basque Country and Andalusia.
Madrid also has registered the highest number of serious cases.
Of the 126 coronavirus patients who are currently in intensive care in Spain, 102 are in the Madrid region.