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Spain sees lowest death toll in two weeks with 605 new coronavirus victims as infections continue to fall

SPAIN has been given a ray of hope in the fight against the coronavirus as its daily death toll dropped to its lowest level in two weeks.

In the past 24 hours there were 605 fatalities, the lowest number since March 24, which brings the total death toll in the country to 15,843, up from 15,238.

The number of cases increased by 4,576, far fewer than yesterday's 5,756, and the 3.0 per cent jump is the smallest since the crisis started.

It brings the total number of infections from 152,446 to 157,022, the second-highest tally in the world after the United States.

Spanish doctors have described the coronavirus battle as like facing a “natural disaster happening every day”.

Julio Pascual, the director of Barcelona’s Hospital del Mar said that 75 percent of the hospital’s capacity is now taken up with dealing with Covid-19 patients.

Even operating theatres have been converted into more critical care beds as they try to save the lives of critically ill patients.

He said that every day between 60-70 patients arrive with severe medical problems, reports Sky News.

Even surgeons and neurologists as well as medical students have had to be brought in to help with respiratory patients who have difficulty breathing.

Medical staff are dressed head to toe in PPE – wearing gowns, masks and goggles – as they bravely fight to save people’s lives.

Spain has been badly affected by the coronavirus with one of the worst death rates in Europe.

One in 10 coronavirus patients in the country have now died from the disease,

In the last 24 hours, 683 deaths from the coronavirus were recorded, bring the total number of fatalities to 15,238, with 152,446 cases.

Many of the patients in intensive care are unconscious and have been turned on their front to improve their chances of survival.

The head of ICU, Dr Roman Adalia, says personal protective equipment (PPE) makes simple tasks much more difficult.

He told Sky News: "If you need all of these clothes for management of patients, if you need intubation, if you need to put in a catheter or for any manoeuvres, complicated manoeuvres, it's very difficult to work in these clothes.”

Adria Crespo Monreal is lucky. He arrived here gasping for air.

Now recovering well, he can give a thumbs up and an account of a disease which he says was the worst experience of his life.

He said: "I came to the hospital and once I entered the hospital, I can't remember what happened.

"This is my third week here but I'm getting fine."

Doctors say Spain - like nearly everywhere else in Europe - was ill prepared for the enormity of the crisis.

There is a shortage of both beds and protective clothing - even sports halls are being converted into hospital wards.


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