Issued on: 14/04/2020 – 13:12Modified: 14/04/2020 – 13:14
Spains death toll from the coronavirus pandemic climbed to 18,056 on Tuesday, Europes second highest after Italy, as the government began lifting lockdown restrictions on certain sectors of the economy.
Confirmed cases of the infection rose by 3,045 to 172,541, the health ministry said in a statement.
The figures defied the common fear that a backlog of unreported infections over the Easter holidays could have reverted the recent trend of the slowdown in the spread of the epidemic.
Some sectors of the economy, including construction and manufacturing, have been allowed to restart, but Health Minister Salvador Illa said that Spain remained in lockdown. Shops, bars and public spaces are to stay closed until at least April 26.
The lockdown has helped to slow a spiralling death rate that reached its peak in early April.
But some Spanish workers expressed concern that the relaxation of restrictions could trigger a new surge.
"I would have preferred to wait 15 more days confined to home or at least one more week and then come back,"Read More – Source
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