Spain’s coronavirus death toll surpasses 4,000

Three siblings look from their balcony in Monterroso, Lugo, Galicia, northern Spain. EPA-EFE/ELISEO TRIGO

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The latest official figures released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Thursday revealed that 655 people died from the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in the last 24 hours. That brings the total number of deaths in the country to 4,089. A total of 56,188 people have been infected, with 31,912 currently in hospital. Of these, 3,679 are in intensive care, and 7,015 have recovered and have been released from hospital.

Yesterday saw Spain overtake China in terms of the total number of deaths from the coronavirus, and is now second only to Italy.

Spain’s Interior Ministry has reported that 229 civil guards have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, while there are 199 positives among members of the National Police. The ministry did not supply information about the number of officers who are in quarantine due to symptoms that are compatible with the Covid-19 disease, but unions estimate that there could be 9,000 in this situation across all forces.

A total of 150 local police officers are thought to have been infected, along with a hundred or so members of the military, according to union figures. This brings the overall estimated total to 700 people.

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