Coronavirus: More than 10,000 lives lost in Spain – BBC News
Spain: the number of people infected with coronavirus has exceeded 500,000
At the same time, the number of deaths from COVID-19 in Spain reached 29,516
Spain became the first country in Western Europe to see the number of COVID-19 cases exceeded half a million, while the total number of cases worldwide rose to 27.3 million and the number of deaths to 893,000.
As of Tuesday, the country had 525,549 cases of infection and 29,516 deaths, according to the Spanish Ministry of Health. For comparison, according to Johns Hopkins University, there were 367,174 infections and 30,732 deaths in France, and 352,451 infections and 41,643 deaths in the UK..
In March, at the height of the pandemic, Spain introduced one of the toughest quarantine regimes in the world. Then the country’s hospitals were overwhelmed with new patients with coronavirus, and the number of deaths exceeded 800 daily. The outbreak was eventually brought under control, but the number of new infections has risen steadily since restrictions were eased in July..
Some experts believe that the increase in the number of infections is due to the increased sociability of Spaniards, while others attribute the recent surge to a lack of widespread contact tracing and a premature exit from isolation mode..
In South Korea, meanwhile, thousands of trainee doctors returned to work on Tuesday after a nearly three-week strike that has complicated the country’s efforts to contain the new wave of COVID-19 infections..
Trainees went on strike on August 21 to protest plans for medical reform, which would increase the number of medical students and open new public medical schools..
Hundreds of new COVID-19 cases have been reported daily in South Korea since mid-August, averaging more than 300 cases per day, but fewer than 200 cases were reported on Tuesday the sixth day..
Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping praised the country’s response to the pandemic that began late last year in Wuhan..
Speaking at the People’s Assembly House in Beijing on Tuesday, Xi Jinping said China was quick to take action to tackle the virus “openly, transparently and responsibly.” The United States and other Western countries believe Beijing downplayed or covered up the severity of the threat until it was too late and the virus spread outside China..
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