The country is reaching the peak that we have been so worried about, in some parts they may even be moving past it, but we need to be cautious,” the words from the Health Ministry’s Fernando Simón, who added that the real battle now is in the overburdened intensive care units at hospitals.
The death toll from the coronavirus in Spain has reached 5,704, while the official number of infections surged to 72,248, according to government figures.
The country has set a grim new record with 832 fatalities in 24 hours, up from 769 the previous day.
Officials said that 12,285 patients have recovered, representing 17% of all infections.
While Spain already has the second highest death toll in the world after Italy, a new report by the Carlos III public health institute suggests that the real number of deaths could be much higher.
Regional governments only notify the Health Ministry about a coronavirus death if the patient was previously tested and was positive.
This leaves out many people who died in care homes or in their own homes, who were never tested.
Despite significant restrictions on the movement of people in place since March 14, cases continue to climb as hospitals struggle to cope with an influx of patients while demand grows for more ventilators for critical cases and protective gear for workers.
Transport Minister José Luis Ábalos said a plane carrying 1.2 million face masks for healthcare workers landed at Madrid’s Barajas airport on Friday night.
A military aircraft has left an airbase in Zaragoza on its way to Shanghai in China where it is due to pick up a shipment of medical equipment, the plane, which can up to 37 tons, is due to to be back in Spain tomorrow.
There are three flights scheduled to land in Madrid in the next few days with 90 tons of material from Shanghai.
After that, there will be three flights a week to pick up more protective gear.