The Ministry of Health reported 510 fatalities on Saturday, the lowest figure in 19 days, as many non-essential workers look set to return to work on Monday
The Ministry of Health reported 510 new deaths from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours on Saturday. This figure is a decrease compared to Friday’s report, when 605 patients died, and is also the lowest in the last 19 days.
In total, 16,353 people have now died in Spain since the beginning of the health crisis. As for the number of infections, these stand at 161,852 (4,830 more than the previous day, an increase of three per cent, of which 59,109 have already been given the all-clear (up 4,331).
Infected healthcare workers
At the daily press conference, the head of the Health Alert Coordination Centre, María José Serra, was unable to specify the exact number of health workers infected by Covid-19.
However, she put the figure at “around 25,000”, representing 15.5 per cent of the total number of positive cases.
Although the data looks positive, the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to warn of the “danger” of relaxing containment measures too soon.
This comes as thousands of workers not considered essential in the previous extension of the state of alarm, and who cannot take advantage of working from home, are set return to work from this Monday after two weeks off.
As a result, the government has developed a “guide of good practices in the workplace” in which it recommends avoiding, for example, crowding in public transport, disinfecting your mobile phone and glasses when you return home and leaving your shoes at the front door.
Asked about this, the head of the Health Alert Coordination Centre, Dr María José Serra, said that despite the return of these workers, the monitoring committee believes that measures in place “will continue to decrease cases of infection”.
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One such measure is the distribution of ten million masks across “the most important public transport hubs in the country” from the start of next week, as announced by the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa. This will be carried out by state security forces, regional and municipal police and members of Civil Protection. They will also be checking if trips are absolutely necessary.
“We are not deconfining, we are following the recommendations of the WHO and maintaining a very hard confinement,” explained Illa.