Report below updated in Spain at 18h on Thursday 28 May.
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest figures
The latest official figures released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Thursday 28 May show that there have now been 27,119 Coronavirus-related deaths in Spain – an increase of 1 again in 24 hours, compared to the figure released on Wednesday. The ministry also states there have now been 38 deaths in the past 7 days.
Wednesday’s figures had also shown an increase of 1 death in 24 hours, and 39 deaths in 7 days.
Tuesday’s figures, however, had shown an overall adjusted increase of 283 deaths compared to Monday. The Health Ministry had said that Tuesday’s figures represented an increase of 35 deaths for a 7-day period.
The official figure released on Thursday 28 May for the total number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus only through a PCR test is 237,906 – an increase of 182 over Wednesday, of which 106 cases have been reported in Madrid and Catalonia. Eight regions of Spain have recorded just one or no new infections in 24 hours.
Wednesday’s figure for the increase of infections only through PCR testing had been 231 over Tuesday. Tuesday’s figure had been 194 over Monday. Monday had been 132.
The current peak of recorded infections for a 24-hour period in Spain was on 31 March, when 9,222 new cases were registered (including from PCR and antibody).
A full breakdown in Spanish of the data per region, together with age group statistics can be found by clicking here.
State of alarm to be extended further?
Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said in the Spanish Congress on Wednesday that his government is focused on responding to the ‘triple dimension’ of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic – health, social and economic issues – to ensure that ‘no-one is left behind’.
‘The panorama has completely changed [over the last 70 days],’ he said, and reiterated his government’s commitment to recovering ’employment rights and social dialogue’.
With regards the current ‘state of alarm’ in Spain – already extended five times and currently in place until 7 June – the PSOE–Podemos coalition government has reportedly already started discussions with both the Ciudadanos (Cs) party and the Basque Nationalist Party (EAJ-PNV) to see if they would support a sixth and final extension. If the government decides to seek a further extension, a debate and vote would take place in Congress next Wednesday 3 June.
The first deputy prime minister Carmen Calvo said earlier this week that the cabinet ‘is considering, if there is a sufficient majority to do so, one last extension of the state of alarm’ – and which would then be in place until the de-escalation of restrictions four phase plan concluded.
Calvo also pointed to the possibility of pushing for legal reforms in order for the Spanish government to be able to respond to any resurgence of Coronavirus without having to resort to a ‘state of alarm’ again.
Sánchez had initially wanted to extend the ‘state of alarm’ that expired on 23 May for a ‘final four weeks’. Each time the exceptional measures had been previously extended, however, it had been for two weeks at a time. The government changed their last proposal to a two week extension in order to secure the support of the Ciudadanos (Cs) party, led by Inés Arrimadas.
In exchange for the Cs party’s support, the government had agreed to ‘assess possible de-escalation alternatives’ that do not require a further period of the ‘state of alarm’ after 7 June.
Looking towards Phase Three (for some regions)
Most regional authorities across Spain have now sent their proposals to the Spanish Health Ministry for moving (or not) to a next phase of the de-escalation plan from Monday 1 June. It is expected that the Health Ministry will announce its decision during Friday 29 May.
We’ve published all the key rules and measures regarding the four phases in a separate report, together with full details of the current ‘phase status’ for each region and province. The updated report can be found here: Lifting of lockdown in Spain – full details of all phases for all regions.
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