Coronavirus: Spain's COVID-19 death toll passes 1,000 people

  • Coronavirus: Spain's COVID-19 death toll passes 1,000 people

Coronavirus: Spain's COVID-19 death toll passes 1,000 people

Hotels across Spain are being offered as hospitals and in Madrid, the region worst-hit by the coronavirus, Madrid's famous conference and exhibition centre has started to receive its first patients.

Pedro Sanchez says Spain will experience a major peak over the coming week and has asked residents to be prepared "for very hard days ahead".

The number of deaths from coronavirus in Spain has skyrocketed, with an additional 324 fatalities in just 24 hours.

In an address on Saturday night the Prime Minister told the nation "Unfortunately, the worst is to come", as he warned that Spain's number of deaths and diagnosed cases would continue to rise.

Those who had died were mainly people over 70 and particularly the over-80s, she said.

"Nearly 70 per cent of patients placed in intensive care units are more than 60 years old", she added.

According to reports, over the past seven days, the number of deaths has risen ten-fold.

Members of the Spanish Military Emergencies Unit are now installing these hospitals, which Health Minister Salvador Illa confirmed on Friday will be "ready in the coming days".

Around 2,800 soldiers have been mobilised to disinfect train stations and airports and to bring help to elderly, vulnerable people, said General Miguel Villarroya, chief of the defence staff.

On Thursday, police arrested 55 people for not respecting the lockdown that was put in place at the weekend, under which Spain's 46 million population can only leave home to shop for food or medicine, go to the hospital or go to work.

The shocking statistics come as the coronavirus tightens its grip on Europe, with Italy recording its worst day for deaths on Saturday and Germany reporting almost 2,000 fresh cases on Sunday morning.