Spain reaches 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases

Nellie Chapman
October 25, 2020

Both countries have each reported more than 34,000 coronavirus-related deaths. I insist we have to take drastic measures, as do several regions.

Desperate to avoid a repeat of the first wave, when the virus ravaged Spain's elderly population and brought the health service to its knees, several regions have indeed returned to tougher restrictions in the past weeks.

The minister's comments come after he discussed curfews for Madrid on Tuesday - measures that have already been imposed on cities in countries with lower rates of infection, such as France. "We are at the doorstep of winter, when most activities are carried out indoors, when probability of virus contagion is higher".

"We are less responsible, we like partying, meeting with family", said banker Carolina Delgado.

"Coming 5-6 months will be hard regarding coronavirus pandemic".

It hit a new peak of more than 16,000 last week.

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Meanwhile, Spain's centre-right opposition rejected a far-right proposal for a vote of no-confidence in the Socialist Government on Thursday, a move which Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez seized on to propose a political deal over judicial reform.

Since its first diagnosed case on 31 January, Spain has now recorded a total of 1,005,295 infections.

Spain, which is home to around 47 million people, is only the sixth country in the world to cross this grim milestone after the United States, India, Brazil, Russia and Argentina, according to an AFP tally based on official figures.

Britain, Poland, the Netherlands, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and Lithuania all reported on Wednesday their new records of daily cases since the novel coronavirus outbreak, while Germany has registered more than 50 coronavirus infections per 100,000 inhabitants over a one-week period, the first time the country has breached its own critical limit for tackling the pandemic.

"Not to take these measures would be irresponsible", said Francisco Igea, deputy leader of the Castilla and Leon region, which formally requested the central Government decide on a curfew. "The pandemic has been used as a political weapon to fight and argue with your adversaries instead of trying to find a middle ground and the best solution for everyone", Salvador Macip, an expert in health sciences at Catalonia's Open University who has written a book called "The Great Modern Plagues", told AFP.

Navarra, which leads Spain in infections per 100,000 over a 14-day period, is preparing to become the first Spanish region to close its borders on Thursday, while La Rioja will also close its regional borders this Friday.

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