Published: Wed, March 25, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Coronavirus infections approach 25,000 in Spain, with 1,328 deaths

Coronavirus infections approach 25,000 in Spain, with 1,328 deaths

The country has the fourth highest death toll in the world after China, Italy and Iran.

"We are trying with the autonomous regions and with the health ministry to guarantee the highest amounts of survival, but in some cases this can not be guaranteed".

"The cases are rising and are going to continue to rise in the coming days", ministry spokeswoman Maria Jose Sierra told journalists.

Officials cautiously highlighted that the number of new daily registered cases had dropped by 26 per cent from Saturday to Sunday.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that the country's situation was close to its most hard since the 1936-39 civil war.

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The total number of deaths from Spain, which is the second most affected country in the European region due to Coronavirus, has risen to 1326 with 324 deaths reported in the past 24 hours. A total of 2,575 people who contracted the virus in Spain have now been cured.

The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, last night asked citizens to prepare to face the worst moment of the health emergency caused by the new coronavirus, in the face of the foreseeable increase in deaths and infected by the pandemic.

Authorities have called up 52,000 extra workers to help the country's health service as it struggles to contain the virus, including 14,000 retired doctors and nurses.

Sunday saw the first patients arrive at the field hospital which has been set up at the IFEMA exhibition center in Madrid by members of the Spanish military's Emergency Response Unit.

Spain has issued lockdown orders for some 46 million people who are only permitted to leave their homes for essential work, food shopping, medical reasons or to walk the dog.

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