The latest figures from the Health Ministry put the number of coronavirus infections here at 17,147, with 939 patients in intensive care and 767 dead, 169 in just the last 24 hours.
1,107 patients with the Covid-19 disease have recovered and have been released from hospital since the epidemic began here.
Fernando Simón, the director of the Health Ministry’s Coordination Center for Health Alerts, explained that the total number of cases in Spain had risen by 3,431 compared to Wednesday, an increase of 25%.
Simón explained that the rise in cases does not mean that “things are going badly,” but rather that Spain is reaching the peak of cases.
“These are the days where we have to continue making an effort,” he said.
“We know that it is difficult but reaching that peak and starting a stable descent is our objective.”
Simón insisted that the public must respect the quarantine, avoiding contact with other people, so there is no transmission and we have to be aware that the better we do this, the quicker the return to normal life will be.
MW – The defence chief of staff, Miguel Ángel Villarroya said the army has been widely deployed across Spain to assist with the crisis.
The military have been transporting foodstuffs in Zaragoza, disinfecting ports, airports and hospitals, as well as train stations, defence installations and some senior residences.
Laurentino Ceña, the joint operational director of the Civil Guard, has revealed the first member of his police force to die from the corona virus is a 37-year-old man with no prior health issues.
Ceña went on to say that there have been no major incidents during the lockdown and 10,000 patrols have also been taking care of the most vulnerable members of society.
The joint operational director of the National Police, José Ángel González, said there have been 49 arrests in the last 24 hours related to people who were not respecting the restrictions.