Spain Live Updates
- Spain’s death toll from coronavirus has risen 565, down from a rise of 585 on Friday, the Health Ministry said, bringing the total to 20,043 deaths in one of the world’s hardest-hit countries. The number of overall coronavirus cases rose to 191,726 on Saturday from 188,068 on Friday.
- The number of coronavirus deaths in Spain fell for a third consecutive day on Saturday, with 510 fatalities reported in the past 24 hours — the smallest overnight increase since Mar. 23.
- The slowdown is an encouraging sign for the country, which has suffered the third-highest number of casualties from the virus after Italy and the United States.
- Spain’s total death toll from COVID-19 disease rose to 16,353, the Health Ministry said in a statement, and the number of confirmed cases climbed to more than 160,000.
- Spanish lawmakers voted Thursday evening to extend the state of emergency measures until Apr. 26, and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warned that he may need to ask for a third extension to prolong measures until May.
- Spain is on a horrifying upward trajectory, having now surpassed China in the number of cases and fast approaching Italy when it comes to the number of deaths.
- Health Minister Salvador Illa announced a $480 million deal to buy surgical masks, gloves and rapid test kits from Chinese companies — but health officials later said many of the test kits were faulty.
- More than 9400 medical personnel were infected, which was nearly 15% of all confirmed cases at the time.
- Under tough new lockdown rules in the country, all non-essential workers are banned from traveling to work. People are only allowed outside to get food, visit a chemist or walk a pet. Everyone must also carry documentation explaining the outing.