Coronavirus: Spain Overtakes China in Death Toll

  • Spain, Italy, and China have the highest coronavirus death totals.
  • The number of cases began to skyrocket in early March.
  • Health care providers are among the groups of professionals that have been most affected by Coronavirus in Spain.

Spain has overtaken China, in as far as the number of coronavirus victims in the two countries is concerned. As per the latest assessment made on Wednesday by the Spanish Ministry of Health, Spain has more than 47,000 confirmed cases and a total of 3434 deaths. Of these, 738 were recorded in the last 24 hours.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

The new figures put forward by the Spanish health authorities also reveal that 26,960 people are hospitalized— 3,166 of them in intensive care— and another 5,367 have already been discharged. Spain thus becomes the country with the second-highest death toll in the world due to the pandemic, trailing only Italy. At last reports, Italy has recorded 7,503 deaths.

In China, where the numbers have been slowing down from day to day, there are 3,281 fatalities on record. The number of infected people has also reached a new peak. There are already 47,610 people diagnosed with covid-19 in Spain, 7,937 more than those in the last assessment made by the Spanish health authorities less than 24 hours ago.

As for the regions most affected, figures from the Ministry of Health show that Madrid remains one of the regions with the most cases and the most deaths. In the last 24 hours, the Spanish capital region registered 2,245 new cases of infection. In Catalonia, the second region most affected by the new coronavirus, a further 2,073 cases were detected. 

First Case Detected at the End of January

Coronaviruses are species of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales. There are seven known strains of human coronaviruses, including COVID-19.

A German man who was hospitalized on the island of La Gomera, in the Canaries, was the first recorded cases of coronavirus in Spain. Spanish health authorities confirmed the case at the end of January. The detection of the second case was detected on February 9, a citizen who became infected after having been in contact with a person with SARS-Cov-2 in France.

In the following weeks, several cases were reported in large numbers. On February 25, Spain registered seven cases. However, a week later, the numbers began to skyrocket and reached 114 cases of infection. Seven days later, on March 10, there were already 1,024 confirmed cases, and 28 deaths already accounted for. The following week, another 1,987 new cases of infection were counted in just 24 hours, the biggest increase registered so far.

Although the Spain’s numbers are not comparable to those of Italy, the situation may evolve to a similar level, taking into account the number of deaths and new cases in the last 24 hours.

Health Care Providers Most Affected

Health care providers are among the groups of professionals that have been most affected by Coronavirus in Spain. More than one in ten confirmed cases of coronavirus in Spain are health service workers, including doctors, nurses and auxiliary personnel, said the director of emergency services at the country’s Ministry of Health, Fernando Simon.

“We have some data we do not like because we should try to control it, such as having 3,910 health workers affected,” Spain’s health emergency chief Fernando Simon told a news conference two days agoIn the overwhelming majority of cases (87%), the fatal victims are elderly people aged over 70 years.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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