Madrid Desk, Aug 20 (efe-epa).- Spain on Thursday logged more than 3,000 new cases for a second consecutive day while Germany, whose successful early response in containing the coronavirus drew widespread international praise, has recorded the largest surge in daily cases since late April.
Greek authorities also reported more cases in August than in the first two months of the pandemic, while Russia kept its daily infection rate below 5,000 cases for the fourth day in a row on Thursday.
Spanish health authorities said they had detected 3,349 cases in the last 24 hours, breaching the unenviable milestone of more than 3,000 cases for the second day running.
The overall number of cases detected since the pandemic began has risen to 377,906.
Fernando Simon, the head of the country’s emergency public health response to Covid-19, told a press conference: “Let’s be clear, things aren’t going well.”
“If we let transmission rates rise, we will end up with lots of people being hospitalized, lots of people in ICU and lots of deaths,” he added. Around 28,000 people have died from coronavirus in Spain, some 122 in the last week.
“We can not let this continue. Now we need to be very clear in what we need to do. It’s not enough for young people to say ‘I’m young, I’m not going to suffer, no problem’ because we know that young people produce new cases in their family and end up creating cases among older people.”
The average age of someone who tests positive for coronavirus in Spain is currently 39 in women and 37 in men, down from 62 at the beginning of the pandemic.
He insisted, however, that coronavirus transmission was not out of control on a national level in Spain, although he acknowledged that the infection rate, which stands at 7 percent was “not low.”