Saturday, April 04, 2020

Green shoots?

During the daily briefings in the UK they talk of "green shoots" when indications show a slowing down of both the infection rate and death rate from Covid-19. .

Here in Spain, the lockdown was implemented earlier than in the UK ad has been more stringent so we would expect to see those improvements to come sooner.

This is a report from El Pais today:

The Spanish Health Ministry announced on Saturday that a total of 809 people in the country had died from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, a significant drop on the 932 fatalities recorded on Friday, and the lowest number of daily deaths seen in seven days.

The total number of coronavirus deaths in Spain now stands at 11,744. Registered infections have risen by 7,027 to 124,736. This represents a day-on-day increase of 5.9%, the lowest figure registered in Spain in at least three weeks. The number of patients in intensive care has increased to 6,532, a daily rise of 1.8% that is also the lowest recorded in this period.

The number of new patients admitted to hospital has also fallen. On Saturday, a total of 57,612 patients required hospitalization, up 975 from Friday. On Thursday, that figure was 2,524. Meanwhile, 34,219 patients have recovered from the Covid-19 disease and have been discharged from hospital.

Of course, these improvements need to be sustained over a week or so but at least we can draw some hope from them. 

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