Nearly 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Spain and 182 people have died of the epidemic in 24 hours, according to the authorities’ latest report on Tuesday.
Spain, the fourth most affected country in the world, now has 11,178 cases and 491 deaths, said Fernando Simon, head of the national health alert center.
The number of people who have recovered from the disease has doubled from 530 to 1028 (well 1028), according to figures released later by the Ministry of Health.
The Madrid region alone, the most affected, has 355 dead, 72% of the total, and 43% of the cases reported.
“We have the feeling that daily progress slows down a bit,” but we must be careful, continued Mr. Simon. “It will last at least 10 to 11 days and we don’t know if it will take longer.”
The second most affected European country, Spain has been on alert since Saturday, confining its 46 million inhabitants to their homes except to go to work, to the pharmacy, or to do food shopping.
IRAN ANNOUNCES 135 NEW DEATHS, OFFICIAL REPORT OF 988 DEAD
Tehran authorities announced on Tuesday 135 additional deaths from Covid-19 disease, bringing the official number of new coronavirus epidemics in Iran, one of the most affected countries after China, to 988.
According to the spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, Kianouche Jahanpour, more than 1,178 new cases of contamination have been confirmed in the past 24 hours.
“This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 16,169 people,” said Mr. Jahanpour in his daily televised press briefing.
According to the spokesperson, around a third (5,389 patients) have recovered and these people are “generally in good health”.
Tehran remains the province with the highest number of new infections (273), according to figures told by Jahanpour, who again urged the Iranians to stay at home.
Mr. Jahanpour also called on the population to declare online via a special ministry website any symptom that might suggest the new coronavirus.
“As of this morning, more than 15 million of our fellow citizens” (out of a population of more than 80 million inhabitants) have appeared on this site, which identifies the declarants by their social security number, and the referral to adequate services based on the symptoms indicated, said the spokesman.
Rarely, Iran announced on Monday the closure of four major Shiite holy places in an attempt to contain the epidemic.
As the Iranian New Year holiday (March 19 to April 3) approaches, which traditionally puts the whole country on the road, Iranian authorities are calling on people to refrain from travel and to take the virus “seriously ”
To deter people from moving, several provinces have ordered hotels closed.
The latest measure, the celebrations of the traditional Persian fire festival (occasion of happy rallies on the public highway) which were to start Tuesday evening have been banned in Tehran and in several provinces, according to the official agency Irna.