Published On: Mon, Jun 1st, 2020

Spain coronavirus deaths: Zero in last 24 hours, the first time since MARCH | World | News

The breakthrough was announced by the Ministry of Health this afternoon and comes as the country eyes the end of its strict confinement rules. In the last week, 35 people have died from COVID-19, bringing the total to 27,127 since the start of the pandemic. Likewise, the diagnoses have been reduced to 71 in the last 24 hours, which places the total number of people infected, and confirmed by the PCR test, at 239,638. In addition, 11,399 people have been admitted to an Intensive Care Unit since the crisis began but just nine in the last seven days, and 123,879 have required hospitalisation.

At its peak, Spain was recording up to 1,000 coronavirus deaths a day.

Around 32 million people, about 70 per cent of the population, are now in phase two of the de-escalation period although four Spanish islands with very low incidence of COVID-19 enter phase three as from today. They are El Hierro, La Gomera and La Graciosa in the Canary Islands and Formentera in the Balearics.

Mr Sanchez is to formally request this week a sixth and final extension to the State of Emergency first imposed on March 14 but he says it will be “different and lighter than before”. This will take the country up until June 21. However, with effect from June 8, he is handing over more powers to the various regions so they can tailor regulations to suit their own personal circumstances.

The only exception to this is that the Spanish government will retain control of mobility and will allow international travel from July 1.

Director of the Centre for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, Dr. Fernando Simón said Spain has gone from virus contagion rates of more than 30 per cent to a percentage 30 times lower but has called for prudence and responsibility. 

“The risk of possible outbreaks exists and, therefore, caution is the best ally,” he stressed. “The best recipe for defeating the virus is to maintain equally responsible and exemplary behaviour.” 

This was echoed by the Prime Minister who said the evolution of the virus was “going much better than we had forecast”.

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Mr Sanchez said on Sunday: “It is logical to feel great relief for this achievement but we cannot relax, the virus is still lurking. We must call upon individual responsibility, it’s a priority. We cannot forget the thousands of lives that Covid-19 has taken away but the truth is that we have nearly achieved what we proposed.”

He attributed a number of recent outbreaks of coronavirus, mainly linked to parties, to “the irresponsibility of citizens who have ignored the de-escalation measures.”

The Prime Minister also reiterated his pledge to get tourism moving again and confirmed the 14-day quarantine rule would be lifted on July 1st, the date when Spain’s “new norm” will begin.

“Reactivation should be immediate,” he said. “In Spain you will find physical distance but emotional closeness.”

In the territories that are in phase two, people up to the age of 70 can carry out non-professional physical activity or go out for walks in any time slot.

People from the same province, island or territorial unit can access the beaches to bathe and carry out sports, professional or recreational activities, but individually and without physical contact.

The beaches must establish a spatial distribution to guarantee the safety distance of two metres between users and the groups must not exceed a maximum of 15 people.

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Meetings may have a maximum of 15 people, except in the case of people living together and older people can be visited in residences and supervised centres.

Weddings may be held but the capacity cannot exceed 50 per cent of the capacity of the facilities where they are held and if it is outdoors, the figure should not exceed 100 people. In closed spaces they can be carried out with a maximum of 50 people.

As for the wakes, these can be held with up to 25 people if they are outdoors and 15, if they take place indoors.

Shopping centres may open with 30 per cent of the total capacity, while the capacity within each of the commercial establishments must be 40 per cent.

Phase three will allow more people to attend funerals, space can be expanded in restaurants and the possibilities of traveling by public and private transport will be increased.

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