Spain said on Thursday that 440 people had died from the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours, a slight increase for the third consecutive day, bringing the total death toll to 22,157.
According to data from the Department of Health, the country has the third largest number of deaths from a pandemic in the world after the United States and Italy, and currently has more than 213,000 cases.
Spanish health officials believe the epidemic peaked on April 2, when 950 people died within 24 hours, nearly three weeks after the government imposed a strict blockade, effectively limiting nearly 47 million people at home. virus to slow down.
“We have achieved the goal of a deceleration and slowdown for this week but we remain in a hard phase of the epidemic,” Health Minister Salvador Illa told a news conference.
The embargo on March 14 has been extended twice, and Parliament approved a new extension period late Wednesday to May 9, although the conditions are relaxed from April 26 so that children can spend some time outside.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told the Assembly on Wednesday that he hopes that Spain will ease restrictions on Europe in the second half of May, which is the most severe restriction in Europe, but warned that “the pace of downgrade will be slow.”