- Professor Julio Mayol says he fears an increasing number of healthcare professionals fighting the illness will themselves become infected.
- Spain's second round of its state of emergency begins today, and will last until April 11.
- The Spanish government approved measures on Friday to prevent employers using the coronavirus outbreak as an excuse to fire staff during the crisis.
Spain recorded 832 deaths due to the new coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the largest number of fatalities in a single day. That brings the total number of deaths in the country to 5,812, as per the latest update from Worldometers. More than 72,000 cases have been recorded in Spain, an increase of more than 6,500, per the latest updates.
More than 12,000 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Spain, however. In the whole country more than 40,000 people are or have been hospitalized, and of those, more than 4,500 are or have been in intensive care units.
The region with the most positive cases of COVID-19 is Madrid, with 21,520 infected and 2,757 dead. That is followed by Catalonia (14,263 and 1,070) and the Basque Country (5,236 and 221). There are records of more deaths with the pandemic in Castile-La Mancha (448) and Castile and Leon (321).
Fears Health Care Professionals Being Infected
Professor Julio Mayol, Medical Director at the Clinico San Carlos Hospital in Madrid, told Sky News he fears an increasing number of healthcare professionals fighting the illness will themselves become infected.
It is a bad situation, it is really bad and it is getting worse day by day, because the number of positive COVID-19 patients is increasing.
We have a large number of patients, and the problem is we can’t increase the room available.
Secondly, healthcare professionals are getting infected. I estimate it could be as many as 25% in the near future if we don’t do something.
Right now two of my closest collaborators are COVID-19 positive, so it is becoming a nightmare.
Many of our doctors have been admitted, even those fighting the virus.
Spain’s second round of its state of emergency begins today, and will last until April 11. Parliament approved an imposition on the executive, obliging it to inform the Congress weekly about the evolution of the pandemic.
The Spanish government approved measures on Friday to prevent employers using the coronavirus outbreak as an excuse to fire staff during the crisis. Temporary contracts, including vocational training, assistance and provisional contracts, will remain in force until the end of the current health emergency.
“I’m asking employers to set an example, to be responsible to their people and to conserve employment,” Labour Minister Yolanda Diaz said. Referring to the respiratory illness that can be caused by the coronavirus, she said “you can’t use COVID-19 to fire people.”
The Council of Ministers approved a new package of social measures, among which “does not consider dismissals justified” for economic, technical, organizational, productive or force majeure reasons related to this crisis. Madrid will also increase control over lay off authorizations (Temporary Employment Regulation File), with sanctions for companies that misuse them.
The new coronavirus, responsible for the covid-19 pandemic, has already infected around 650,000 people worldwide, of whom more than 30,000 have died. Of the cases of infection, at least 139,000 are considered cured.
After appearing in China in December, the outbreak spread worldwide, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a pandemic situation.