Madrid, Mar 20 (efe-epa).- Spain’s coronavirus death toll surpassed 1,000 on Friday and approached 20,000 confirmed infections, health authorities reported.
Fernando Simón, spokesperson for the epidemic control centre, said 19,980 confirmed cases had been recorded, of which 1,002 have died.
The daily increase in cases is slightly less than those registered the previous day, around 16.5 percent, the expert said at a press conference.
However, the number of deaths has grown 30.6 percent compared to those registered on Thursday (767).
Of those who have the respiratory disease, 52 percent are hospitalized and 1,141 patients are in intensive care units, Simón added.
“Right now the data is very likely to underestimate the total number of transmissions,” Simon continued.
According to the spokesman, intensive care admissions are “very long”, with up to 28 days although “some discharges are beginning to take place”, with six people leaving hospital in Madrid on Thursday.
“We are trying to give the best guarantees of survival, but there are some that cannot be guaranteed,” he admitted.
With this data, Spain surpasses the figures reported on Thursday by Iran and would position itself as the third global hotspot of the pandemic.
The Mediterranean country has been in a state of alarm since Saturday when the Government put the country into lockdown, ordered the population to self-isolate at home and to respect social distancing measures to contain the spread of the virus.
Only shops stocking essential items, pharmacies and grocery stores remain open. Transportation has been reduced to a minimum. EFE-EPA