MADRID – Spain’s coronavirus cases huge leap of almost 5,000 infections in the past 24 hours, placing it in third place in the global ranking of infections behind China and Italy.
Health authorities said on Saturday that the number of people who have tested positive for the pathogen reached 24,926, up from 19,980 the day before. The death rate soared to 1,326, up from 1,002 on Friday.
At least 1,600 patients are in intensive care, health authorities said, admitting that these units are working at their limits.
Madrid is the region with the highest number of infections, with at last 9,000 people testing positive.
Spain’s emergency in which free movement is tightly restricted. People can only leave their homes to buy food, seek health care, for emergencies or to go to work in essential industries.
Fernando Simón, the Spanish health emergency coordinator, admitted that the authorities expect infections to get worse before the drastic measures can reverse the trend.
He said that in some Madrid hospitals, doctors working in intensive care units were inundated with so many patients that they had to be “a little more selective” about which ones to treat first — as has happened in Italy.
Intensive care units in the Spanish capital were working at double the normal capacity, regional health authorities said.
The Spanish Navy had to intervene in a residential home in Cadiz in southern Spain after 20 members who were looking after the elderly residents were diagnosed with coronavirus.
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