The number of coronavirus deaths in Spain rose by more than 10,000 on Thursday, after a record of 950 deaths in 24 hours, with the number of confirmed cases exceeding the 110,000 mark, the government said.
Spain has the second-highest number of deaths in the world after Italy, with the virus so far causing 10,003 lives, although the rate of new infections and deaths continues its downward trend, figures from the Ministry of Health showed.
The number of new infections increased by 7.9%, compared to 8.2% on Wednesday and more than 25% at the beginning of last week.
The daily increase in deaths also decreased to 10.5% on Thursday, virtually unchanged from 10.6% on Wednesday and down from 27% last week.
“The data shows that the curve has stabilized” and the epidemic has entered a phase of “deceleration”, said Health Minister Salvador Illa.
Authorities warned that even if the epidemic is coming, the pressure on the intensive care system will be subject to a delay of a week or more, with hospitals likely to reach the crisis point by the end of this week or early next week.
Madrid remains the region most affected, with 4,175 deaths and more than 32,000 cases, leaving hospitals and mortars overloaded.