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Madrid records first day with no Covid-19 deaths

For the first time in months, Spain’s hardest-hit region has registered zero deaths from the coronavirus.

“Great news,” regional leader Isabel Ayuso wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “Yesterday marked the first day that Madrid did not register any deaths due to Covid-19. Together we can make sure this nightmare doesn’t happen again.”

Isabel Díaz Ayuso

Grandes noticias:

Ayer fue el primer día que Madrid no registra fallecidos por #COVID19.

Entre todos podemos conseguir que esta pesadilla no se repita.

June 28, 2020

Across Spain 28,341 lives have been claimed by the virus, with more than 8,400 in Madrid, according to the health ministry.

The figure, however, includes only those who tested positive, meaning that the thousands of excess deaths recorded in the same time period are not counted, even when the cause of death is suspected to be Covid-19.

With the number of deaths across Spain dropping to a handful each day, health officials say the focus is now on monitoring 25 active outbreaks across the country. The largest is in the northeastern province of Huesca, where 290 people have tested positive.

The localised outbreaks comes as Spain scrambles to salvage its tourist industry, which accounts for 12% of the country’s GDP.

While Spain opened its doors to EU and Schengen tourists last week, it has decided to extend a ban on cruise ships docking at its ports, according to a ministerial order published on Saturday. Prior to the crisis, cruise ships regularly ferried thousands of passengers to ports in Barcelona and Malaga as well as in the Balearic and Canary Islands.

Read the original article at The Guardian

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