Spain's healthcare system on verge of collapse as another 655 die of coronavirus
The Spanish coronavirus death toll has jumped to 4,089 as the country’s hospitals struggle to cope with the pandemic.
A total of 56,188 cases have been recorded in Spain compared to 47,610 yesterday. Authorities in Europe’s second worst-hit country have lengthened a nationwide lockdown until at least April 12 in an attempt to stop the spread of the disease.
In the early hours of this morning the Spanish parliament voted to extend emergency measures confining people to their homes except for essential trips for food, medicine and work. But despite efforts to curb infections, hospital staff in Madrid say services are ‘collapsing’ due to the influx of patients into wards.
An ice rink in the capital has been converted into a temporary mortuary to cope with the rising death toll, which has now overtaken China – the original epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic which began in December. Italy has officially recorded 7,503 deaths from the airborne virus, making it the worst hit country in the world.
It comes after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Europe the new ‘epicentre of the pandemic’, with more daily deaths and cases recorded in the continent than anywhere else.
Nurse Lidia Perera said services are ‘collapsing’ at Madrid’s la Paz hospital and said more workers are urgently needed.
She added: ‘If you had told me three months ago that I would be working in these conditions in Spain, I wouldn’t have believed you. If they did [regular testing], they might end up without any workers.’
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