Official figures released by the Spanish Health Ministry at 12 noon on Thursday 19 March now confirm 17,147 known cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Spain, which is 3,431 more than yesterday. 767 people are now also known to have died from the pandemic in Spain (up by 169 from yesterday). 5,717 people remain in hospital with 939 in intensive care. 1,107 people have made a full recovery.
Of the official figures announced by Fernando Simón, the director of the Health Ministry’s Coordination Centre for Health Alerts, 6,777 confirmed cases are known to be in the Madrid region.
There are now 2,702 cases in Catalonia, 1,190 in the Basque Country, 1,008 in Andalusia, 801 in Castilla La Mancha, 921 in Valencia and 468 in La Rioja (northern Spain).
Figures for other regions are as follows: Aragón 281, Asturias 292, Balearic Islands 169, Canary Islands 220, Cantabria 83, Castilla y León 868, Ceuta 1, Extremadura 241, Galicia 453, Melilla 23, Murcia 167, Navarra 482.
This report will be updated at the end of today with further news related to Coronavirus in Spain. However, daily statistics will only be updated in our reports published just after noon each day.
Meanwhile, we ask all our readers to remain safe and to follow the authorities’ instructions in your area.
Tweet from @SaludPublicaEs showing official figures released at 12noon today:
Datos sobre #Coronavirus en España, desde el primer caso inicial, actualizados a las 12h de hoy:
➡En UCI: 939
— Salud Pública (@SaludPublicaEs) March 19, 2020
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