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Report below updated in Spain at 17h on Thursday 4 June
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figures released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Thursday 4 June show a total of 27,133 deaths from Coronavirus in Spain – an increase of 5 in the past 24 hours. The figures also state there have been 56 deaths in the past 7 days.
The current peak of recorded deaths related to Coronavirus in a 24-hour period in Spain was on 2 April, when 950 deaths were registered.
The official figure released by the Health Ministry on Thursday 4 June for the total number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus only through a PCR test is now 240,666 – an increase of 195 over Wednesday.
Out of the 195 new confirmed cases, 87 are in Madrid, 51 are in Catalonia.
Wednesday’s figure for the increase of infections only through PCR testing had been 219 over Tuesday. Tuesday’s increase had been 137 over Monday. Monday had been 71.
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.
Confusion and discrepancies
There has been considerable confusion in recent days regarding the Coronavirus mortality figures released by Spain’s central Health Ministry, as well as on-going discrepancies with the data released by some of the country’s regional health authorities.
The figures released by the Health Ministry yesterday came on the same day that Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE) published figures showing that the number of deaths for the first 21 weeks of 2020 have been 24% higher than for the same period in 2019 – based on information received from the country’s civil registries (1 January to 24 May). The number of deaths during this period for 2020 is 43,945 higher than in 2019.
The INE report of its latest statistics also states that the week between 30 March and 5 April saw the highest number of deaths in the year, ‘with 20,575 deaths, 154.6% higher than the same week in 2019′. During the week of 18 May – the last week included in the study – an estimated 7,470 people died, which is ‘a similar figure to the 7,429 from the same week in 2019′.
The Health Ministry figures are normally presented by Fernando Simón, director of the Coordination Centre for Health Alerts and Emergencies, and who reports to the Health Minister Salvador Illa.
Salvador Illa has perviously said that, ‘Spain is following a very strict definition of cases [both for deaths and infections of Coronavirus] in line with international authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 and then dies is considered a Coronavirus fatality.’
John Burn-Murdoch, a data journalist who has been compiling ‘scatterplots’ of the pandemic for The Financial Times, tweeted on Thursday to accompany a report in the FT entitled ‘Flawed data casts cloud over Spain’s lockdown strategy’.
‘Much has been made this week of Spain recording zero new Covid deaths for two successive days,’ wrote Burn-Murdoch. ‘Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchéz called it “A success for all”. Unfortunately it’s also nonsense.’
NEW: much has been made this week of Spain recording zero new Covid deaths for two successive days.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchéz called it "A success for all".
Unfortunately it’s also nonsense.
— John Burn-Murdoch (@jburnmurdoch) June 4, 2020
‘State of alarm’ extended until 21 June
The Spanish Congress voted on Wednesday to extend the ‘state of alarm’ for the sixth and final time until 21 June.
Speaking in the Congress on Wednesday, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said that ‘the easing of [lockdown] restrictions and the measures applied in the various phases have had no negative impacts on the spread of the pandemic thus far’.
However, he went on to say that ‘the virus is still circulating among us’ and it was therefore necessary to ‘remain cautious by modulating social restrictions, limitations on movement and the gradual resumption of economic activity based on scientific recommendations and the health status of each region’.
‘There is no choice between health and business,’ said Sánchez. ‘Without public health, no business could stay open to the public.’
Read the report here: Spanish Congress votes to extend ‘state of alarm’ for final time, until 21 June
Lifting of Lockdown in Spain
We’ve published all the key rules and measures regarding the four phases of Spain’s de-escalation plan in a separate report, together with 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.
To download a full PDF (in Spanish) of all the updated measures for Phase Two that have been published in the Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE), please click here.
Here is also a link to a 29-page PDF (in Spanish) from the Spanish Health Ministry, providing all the guidelines for Phase Two.
On Saturday 30 May, the Spanish government published in its Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE) the full details of all the measures for Phase Three.
Here is also a link to a 22-page PDF (in Spanish) from the Spanish Health Ministry, providing all the guidelines for Phase Three.
Our previous reports on Coronavirus in Spain:
ALSO READ: Coronavirus in Spain figures (3 June)
ALSO READ: Coronavirus in Spain figures (2 June)
ALSO READ: Coronavirus in Spain figures (1 June)
ALSO READ: Coronavirus in Spain figures (31 May)
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