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Spain registers over 500,000 coronavirus infections after a second surge in cases

Tuesday, September 8th 2020 - 08:24 UTC
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Recent infections have been more common among younger people who often develop no symptoms thanks to their stronger immune systems Recent infections have been more common among younger people who often develop no symptoms thanks to their stronger immune systems

Spain became the first country in Western Europe to register 500,000 coronavirus infections on Monday, after a second surge in cases that coincided with schools reopening.

Health Ministry data showed a total of 525,549 cases, up from 498,989 on Friday, and 2,440 infections registered in the last 24 hours. Spain updates its data retroactively, so the latest numbers could be revised.

Recent infections have been more common among younger people who often develop no symptoms thanks to their stronger immune systems, and the death rate remains far below the March to April peak when daily fatalities routinely exceeded 800.

Despite the unwanted milestone, unlike then, hospitals have enough beds to treat COVID-19 patients.

After a first wave in spring that ravaged Spain's elderly population and overwhelmed the hospital system, authorities brought the outbreak under control with the help of one of the world's toughest lockdowns.

But as restrictions on movement were lifted and mass testing began in late June, infections rose from a few hundred a day to a new peak of over 10,000 around 10 days ago, outstripping other hard-hit nations such as France, Britain and Italy.

The overall mortality rate since the pandemic first struck is around 6% in Spain, lower than in Italy, Britain and France. Spain reported eight new deaths on Monday, bringing the total to 29,516.

Rafael Bengoa, co-founder of Spain's Institute for Health and Strategy, said hospitals should be able to keep fatalities in check this time even as infections increase, but longer term problems could overburden the healthcare system.

“Many people will be infected, and some of these people, while they won't die, will suffer an immediate and severe impact on their health that will likely be long-lasting,” he said.

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  • BarryEd

    And what exactly is the test that determines these “infections” that produce no symptoms in some yet will immediately and severely impact health in others? Is it the PCR test with up to 80% false positives? Is there any evidence that the draconian Spanish house arrest of the entire country had positive health effects – if so, where is it?

    Sep 08th, 2020 - 03:08 pm 0
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