Spain has recorded a record number of new cases in 24 hours since the start of the pandemic, with nearly 39,000 new people infected since Tuesday, the health ministry said on Wednesday.
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In total, 38,869 confirmed cases and 195 deaths were recorded on the last day, for a total of 2.176 million cases and 52,878 deaths recorded in the country since the health crisis began.
These figures reveal “a very high risk, an extreme risk” across the country, said Carolina Darias, Minister of Territorial Policy and Public Service at a press conference.
“Hospital pressure continues to increase,” added Health Minister Salvador Illa, who stood by his side, specifying that 27% of intensive care beds were occupied by patients with the new coronavirus.
The minister also said that the number of tests was on the rise after the end of the year holidays.
Many parts of Spain have put in place new restrictive measures in an attempt to contain the pandemic in Spain, including closing bars and restaurants a little earlier or sealing off towns that prevent residents from entering or leaving them. ‘get out of it without a valid reason.
In addition, more than 581,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine have already been administered in the country, the vaccination campaign being on the way to reaching its “cruising speed”, according to Salvador Illa who rejoiced at the 93,000 injections in the past 24 hours.