Spain sees decline in COVID related deaths

People walk past branches of Bankia and Caixabank during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain

Spain’s top coronavirus expert says the pandemic is evolving in a positive direction with 2-week infection levels dropping to levels not seen since the end of last summer.

But Fernando Simón, who heads the country’s health emergency coordination center, said the country’s hospitals must discharge more COVID-19 patients to avoid a serious strain on the health system if new outbreaks fuel a resurgence.

Occupation in intensive care wards stood at 28% of the total expanded capacity on Monday. The Health Ministry added 15,978 new known coronavirus cases to a total pandemic tally of 3.2 million. And 467 new recorded deaths brought that total to 69,600 fatalities.

The country has fully vaccinated 1.2 million people while 2.6 million have received one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

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