Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that originate in animals and when passed on to humans cause infections of the respiratory tract. Covid-19 is the name of the Coronavirus which is currently spreading around the globe.
Coronavirus Situation in Spain
These are the relevant numbers of Coronavirus in Spain (Covid-19) on March 31h according to Spain’s Ministry of Health:
- Total infections: 85,196
- New cases: 6,845
- Intensive care unit patients: 5,231
- Mortality rate: 8,6%
- Deaths: 7,340
- Recovered: 16,780
Covid-19 is affecting 160 countries at present with 693,224 cases of infection worldwide according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Government of Spain has declared on March 14th the state of emergency for 30 days in the whole country, limiting the free movement of the citizens.
Since Covid-19 was first confirmed on 31st January 2020 in the Canary Islands there have been 7,340 confirmed deaths in Spain, with an average age of 75.8 years.
We will regularly update this article with fresh information so that you are always aware of the situation related to the Coronavirus in Spain.
SARS & MERS
There have been serious incidents of SARS and MERS in recent years that also attracted intense global media attention and Spain never closed its borders to foreigners.
There was an outbreak of SARS in 2003 that originated in China like Covid-19 and in 2015 there was an outbreak of MERS and both were brought under control.
Advice from WHO
Scientists around the world are working hard to find a vaccine for Covid-19. Until one is found, the advice from The World Health Organisation (WHO) is to wash our hands frequently, to avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, to cough or sneeze into a tissue and to keep one meter between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Symptoms of Covid-19 include fever and a dry cough, leading to shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. People most at risk are the elderly and those with weak immune systems.
Please keep an eye on this article as we will be updating it frequently with any new information about the Coronavirus Situation in Spain.
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