CORONAVIRUS cases have been confirmed in more than 110 countries and Spain is in the top six nations with the highest number of sick. Spain is behind China, Italy, Iran, South Korea and France, which makes it the third most-affected European country. There are 2,950 cases in Spain, where 84 people have died.
Health authorities in the Iberian nation are considering implementing measures to contain COVID-19 after cases jumped significantly in two of its regions in the last few days. There are 1,388 cases in and around Madrid, home to 6.66m people.
The Death Tolls
Deaths in the region, where cases have mostly been found in nursing homes and among health workers, went up to 56 on Wednesday. The other big coronavirus cluster in Spain is in the northern Basque country, an autonomous region.
Many infections there have been linked to people who attended a funeral. Some public activities have been halted and authorities have ordered all elderly recreational centers to close temporarily. Schools and universities in the Basque capital Vitoria will close for two weeks, sending tens of thousands of pupils home, authorities in the region said on Monday.
The Government’s Move Against the Pandemic
Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the government was preparing plans to mitigate the impact of the virus on the country’s economy. Without giving details, the Prime Minister said the government had been working on the plan for two weeks and was ready to roll it out in collaboration with trade unions and businesses.
However, an outbreak usually becomes a pandemic when there is sustained person-to-person transmission of the disease around the world. An epidemic is defined as the rapid spread of an infectious disease through a community at any particular time.
The virus SARS-COV2, which causes COVID-19, has not yet been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). However, this does not mean the virus does not have pandemic potential. Dr. Nathalie MacDermott, NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer at King’s College London, has significant experience in medical response to epidemic situations in Africa and Asia.
What Really Happened in Spain?
Mr. Sanchez: “We will announce a shock therapy plan in a few days, as soon as we determine the exact diagnosis and fine-tune the measures. We want the plan to be effective and proportional to the scale of the problem.
Economy Minister Nadia Calvino said the government was considering taking temporary measures to support the worst-hit industries, such as tourism. The worst affected areas are the tourist hotspots of Costa Brava, Costa Blanca, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands and Madrid.
Ms. Calvino said the government expected the economic impact of the coronavirus to be temporary and limited. Several major events have been called off or postponed in Spain to minimize the transmission risk, but the government has so far not introduced more drastic measures such as travel bans.
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