Coronavirus deaths in Spain slow for fourth day in a row, with emergency rooms in Madrid region returning almost to normal
The figure is the lowest number of fatalities in 13 days - but the country has still recorded more than 13,000 deaths.
However, the 4,273 new infections recorded is the lowest in two weeks.Stress on emergency rooms in Madrid, which has a population of 6.6 million in its metropolitan area, is beginning to ease.The regional government reported that patients waiting for treatment had dropped to 390 cases, around a tenth of the arrivals compared with last week.
Elation as 94-year-old beats COVID-19 in Spain"What we are considering now is the return of beds that have been used for positive COVID patients to transform them back to the normal activity in hospitals," said Madrid's regional health minister, Enrique Ruiz.
Before the lockdown is relaxed, Spanish officials have said testing would need to be carried out much more extensively, including to identify carriers who may have no symptoms or only very mild symptoms.Image:The country has been on lockdown since mid-March
"We are preparing ourselves for de-escalation for which it is important to know who is contaminated to be able to gradually lift Spanish citizens' lockdown," said foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya.Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the lockdown is set to last until at least 26 April, meaning the country will have been in quarantine for six weeks.
However, he is considering easing some restrictions after Easter. Read more: Sky News »
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