Spain will extend until April 15 the state of alarm decreed by the Government a week ago to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, which this Sunday left almost 29,000 infected and more than 1,700 deaths, while hospitals, especially those in Madrid, continue saturated by the incessant influx of sick people.
The head of the Spanish Executive, the socialist Pedro Sánchez, communicated it in a television appearance, after holding a videoconference with the presidents of the autonomous communities, with whom he agreed to this extension that must be approved by Congress.
1,720 dead and 28,572 infected
The Spanish Ministry of Health confirmed this Sunday a total of 28,572 coronavirus cases in the country, of which 3,646 are new, 14.6% more, and there are already 1,720 deaths, 394 more than on Saturday, with an increase of 29 , 7%.
Of the total infected, 12% (3,475) are health workers, a situation that worries the authorities.
According to official data, there are also 1,785 patients in the ICU, intensive care units, and 2,575 patients have already recovered.
1,021 deaths in Madrid
Madrid continues to be the most affected region, with 1,021 deaths, 217 more than yesterday, or representing 59.4% of the total in Spain.
The registered cases reach 9,702, and of all the confirmed patients there are 834 admitted to the ICU, 67 more than yesterday.
New measures against coronavirus
In his appearance, Sánchez announced new measures taken together with the autonomous communities to fight the pandemic, including the restriction for 30 days of travel from third countries “that are not essential”, except those made within the space of the European Union and diplomatic staff.
Also the creation of a reserve of basic medical supplies and medicines in anticipation of future pandemics.
Another of the measures adopted is aimed at improving the situation of the country’s nursing homes, announcing that all private nursing homes will be made available to the public service.
They will also have the support of the military, who will also be in charge of transporting medical and sick material in the situations they require.
Since the state of alarm began in Spain, 2,580 military units are deployed in 129 towns carrying out surveillance and disinfection tasks.
Restrooms and the elderly in nursing homes will have priority to undergo the rapid Covid-19 screening tests, according to the director of the Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simón, today.
These tests are beginning to be distributed “equitably” among hospitals and high-risk areas, said Simón, who assured that there will be for “all the population that needs it.”
A field hospital in Ifema
To try to decongest hospitals in Madrid, on the brink of collapse due to the spread of the pandemic, since Sunday a field hospital has been opened in the fairgrounds of the capital (Ifema), with a capacity for 5,000 beds.
In addition, it is planned to equip nine hotels in the region as hospitals to care for less serious patients and one of them to welcome health personnel, in order to facilitate their rest and avoid possible contagion to their families. (March 22, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)
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