Friday, 03 July, 2020

Spain's coronavirus death toll surpasses 4000

Locked down The town in Lombardy yesterday Elderly found abandoned, dead in Spain's nursing homes
Deanna Wagner | 26 March, 2020, 14:32

Spain has recorded the second-highest number of deaths in world - only behind Italy. In China, where the virus emerged a year ago, around 3,300 people have died.

The Spanish army has asked North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for ventilators, protective gear and testing kits, Armed Forces Chief Miguel Villarroya said on Wednesday.

Spanish medical staff, who themselves account for thousands of infected cases, have taken out lawsuits against the government, complaining of a lack of basic protective equipment like masks, scrubs and gloves.

"If we are not already at the peak, we are very close", the head of Spain's health emergency coordination center, Fernando Simón, said. Spain's health care system has struggled to keep up with the outbreak as intensive care units are reportedly overwhelmed with the growing number of cases.

Lockdown has dealt a punishing blow to the Spanish economy, with tens of thousands of workers temporarily laid off as sectors like retail, tourism and manufacturing grind to a halt.

Social Security Minister Jose Luis Escriba said the government was studying a basic living wage to those affected by this crisis. 'She is in close contact with members of her cabinet and also conducting global discussions from home'.

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The stimulus also beefs up unemployment insurance by increasing the maximum benefit by $600 per week for the next four months. Then the stimulus package will be sent to the House where it must pass before it can be signed into law by the president.

"We need to work on a common debt instrument issued by a European institution to raise funds on the market", said the letter, addressed to European Council President Charles Michel.

In France, health authorities reported 231 new deaths from Covid-19 yesterday, taking the total to 1,331.

The country registered 655 deaths from the previous day, slightly down from over 700 on Wednesday.

"There are hard days ahead", he said over the weekend.

Russia, which announced the death of two patients who tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, is expected to follow suit.

Health Officials say more than 47,610 people in Spain are now infected with coronavirus and at least 5,000 new cases were confirmed on Tuesday, mostly in Madrid and Catalonia. Of the 20,500 deaths over 16,000 of them have occurred in Italy, Spain, Iran and China although with only 4 deaths in the recent figures China now seems to be moving toward clear water.