Spain still faces difficult time despite hopeful signs

EYEAFRICA TV: Madrid, Spain: Spain still faces a difficult time in curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), despite hopeful signs, the country’s Health Minister Salvador Illa said.

Spain’s health ministry reported on Thursday afternoon that the coronavirus cases in the country reached 110,238 and the death toll hit 10,003.

Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa said despite the grim figures, the curve of contagion has shown signs of reaching the peak. But he also warned of uneasy time in the coming weeks.

To avoid medical system breakdown, Spain has to further reduce hospitalized patients and to ensure that all symptomatic residents can get tested and treated.

The Spanish government is beefing up efforts to purchase and distribute medical supplies. Meanwhile, the country is also speeding up the production of equipment such as respirators.

Spain’s deputy health emergency chief Maria Jose Sierra said that the crux for Spain’s epidemic control is its beds in intensive care units (ICU).

Currently, Spain has about 6,000 ICU beds, but has nearly 7,000 COVID-19 patients.

“Spain has 10 ICU beds for every 100,000 people, while Germany has 29 ICU beds for every 100,000 people and Italy has 13 ICU beds for every 100,000 people. This may be one of the factors that affect the death rate,” said Carlos Chaccour, a medical investigator from Barcelona Institute for Global Health, ISGlobal.

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