Coronavirus: Spain's daily death toll dips below 100 for first time in months - Sky News

  • 18 May 2020
Spain's daily coronavirus death toll has dropped below a hundred for the first time in two months.Authorities on Sunday said another 87 people had died with COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, which is a huge drop from the more than 900 deaths a day during the disease's peak. It is also the lowest daily number of deaths since 16 March - recorded several days after the country first declared a state of emergency. Fernando Simon, head of health emergency coordination in Spain, warned the latest figures could be affected by a delay in recording deaths due to the "weekend effect", but assured a downward trend was still in progress.He said Sunday's drop in numbers to under 100 was "good news". Spain is one of the hardest hit countries in the world by the coronavirus, with 277,719 infections recorded among its population of 47 million. A total of 27,650 people have died with the disease. :: Listen to the Daily podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, SpreakerSpanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez has also revealed his plans to ask parliament for another extension to the national emergency - which he hopes will be the last of its kind in place until the end of June.He has also highlighted the need to open the country's vital tourism sector that accounts for 12% of GDP, and which is expected to be severely hampered over the summer season."Spain needs tourism," Mr Sanchez said, adding: "But tourism needs security. It needs health guarantees." Read More

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