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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Coronavirus: Spain Deaths Surge By 832 In 24 Hours

A medical director in Madrid has told Sky News he fears more and more healthcare workers are going to become infected.

Members of the Military Emergency Unit leave an elderly home in Madrid after carrying out disinfection procedures

The number of people to have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Spain has surged by 832 to 5,690.

A further 8,189 cases were detected in the country in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 72,248.

Professor Julio Mayol, medical director at the Clinico San Carlos Hospital in Madrid, has told Sky News he fears more and more healthcare professionals fighting the illness will become infected.

He said: "It is a bad situation, it is really bad and it is getting worse day by day, because the number of positive COVID-19 patients is increasing."

"We have a large number of patients, and the problem is we can't increase the room available.

"We can provide them with more beds, but we need personal protection equipment (PPE), and there is a global shortage, and this is makes it very difficult for us to send healthcare workers to battle on the frontline without the adequate equipment."

Professor Julio Mayol

patients lined-up in hospital corridors

Professor Mayol continued: "Secondly, healthcare professionals are getting infected. I estimate it could be as many as 25% in the near future if we don't do something.

"Right now two of my closest collaborators are COVID-19 positive, so it is becoming a nightmare.

"Many of our doctors have been admitted, even those fighting the virus.

"Nurses are also a major problem for us, especially those in the intensive care units.

"If we don't get the right personnel to handle these ICU patients, its going to be almost impossible to increase the number of ICU beds, because we won't have trained personnel to take care of our patients."

The rise in Spain came as German chancellor Angela Merkel thanked people in her country for being largely compliant during the lockdown there.

The number of confirmed cases in Germany has continued to increase, with Ms Merkel's chief of staff saying the shutdown would not be eased before 20 April.

The German chancellor said in her weekly podcast: "When I see today how almost everyone has completely changed their behaviour, how the vast majority of you really do avoid any unnecessary contact, precisely because it can also contain a risk of infection, then I would simply like to say: thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart."

[By News Sky]

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