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Spain is the first EU country to exceed one million cases of Covid-19

Spain is the first EU country to exceed one million cases of Covid-19
SPAIN. According to the Spanish Ministry of Health, on Wednesday 21 October 2020, Spain (47 million inhabitants) passed the one million mark in terms of the number of people affected by Covid-19 with 1,005,295 cases. In the last 24 hours alone, this figure has risen to 16,973 cases, while 156 deaths have been recorded (34,366 since the start of the pandemic).

Spain is the first European Union country to reach this figure and only seventh in the world behind Argentina, Russia, Brazil, India and the United States. It is just ahead of France in this field, announced by the CSSE of the Johns Hopkins University, with 1,000,369 cases (34,075 deaths) as of 22 October 2020 at 10:24 (French time), and by the French Ministry of Health with 957,421 cases (34,038 deaths) as of 21 October 2020 at 14:00 (French time).

The first Spanish case was registered on 31 January 2020 on the island of Gomera, in the Canary Islands. Since then, the coronavirus has conquered the whole country and restrictions are increasing while a second wave is breaking out. The epicentre is in the Madrid region. The Spanish capital, along with nine neighbouring towns (Fuenlabrada, Parla, Alcobendas, Torrejón de Ardoz, Getafe, Alcorcón, Leganés, Móstoles and Alcalá de Henares), is currently in a state of semi-confinement. As are several other municipalities and even entire regions, including Navarre and La Rioja. Others are implementing measures to limit the expansion of Covid-19. For example, Catalonia has decided, since 15 October 2020 and for a minimum period of fifteen days, to close all its bars and restaurants.

While the regions remain solely responsible for health matters, the Spanish left-wing government, after an arm wrestling with the capital region led by an opponent (Isabel Diaz Ayuzo - Right), has proclaimed new restrictions. The Madrid High Court of Justice (TSJM) even rejected the partial confinement imposed by the Spanish authorities, arguing that it "harms the fundamental rights and freedoms" of the inhabitants concerned.

Frédéric Dubessy

Thursday, October 22nd 2020

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