Spain suffers new spike in death toll
The death toll shot up in Spain by more than 700 for a total of over 3,400, eclipsing the number of fatalities in China, where the outbreak began. Spain is now second only to Italy in the number of dead.
The country’s hospitals are groaning under the weight of the pandemic: Video and photos from two hospitals in the Spanish capital showed patients, many hooked up to oxygen tanks, crowding corridors and emergency rooms. At the 12 de Octubre University Hospital, patients could be seen on the floor as they waited for a bed. The hospital says the patients have since been accommodated elsewhere.
On Wednesday, the number of medical personnel infected was nearly 6,500 nationally, health authorities said, representing 13.6% of the country’s 47,600 total cases and about 1% of the health system’s workforce. At least three healthcare workers have died.
Spanish media reported that 23 residents of a Madrid retirement home died from COVID19 or symptoms related to the virus. The home’s management said it had been pleading for more staff and supplies, including virus tests, after 55 of its workers had been forced to take medical leave.
A Spanish soldier stands next to beds set up at a temporary hospital for vulnerable people in Barcelona. The country’s hospitals are groaning under the weight of the pandemic.