He coronavirus has subjected the world to a health crisis that will mark an era. After exploding in China a few months ago, the covid-19 has managed to spread to all continents, although it has been primed especially in Europe and the United States, already becoming the epicenter of infections. After frightening the Asian giant, Italy was the European power that received the greatest onslaught of cases, although these have multiplied exponentially in Spain in recent days to the point of the alarm state has been prolonged. These are the most relevant data of the day:
Figures of infected and deceased in Spain
The cases of coronavirus registered in Spain they rise to a total of 177,633, which represents an increase of about 5,092 infected in the last 24 hours, according to the latest official count by the Ministry of Health, made public this Wednesday, April 15. The Community of Madrid, with 49,526 infected, is the autonomous region with the most infected with covid-19.
He number of deceased has risen to 18,579, of which more than a third (6,724 dead) are concentrated in Madrid. On the positive side, 70,850 patients have been discharged. In any case, it should be borne in mind that as regards the number of infected, the Health data are usually somewhat lower than the real ones, since the regional councils always have more up-to-date data.
After Madrid, Catalonia is the community with the most infections:
Last hour of the coronavirus
Coronavirus in Asturias: last minute of the number of cases
The coronavirus epidemic continues to plague Asturias. The number of cases of infected by covid-19 in this community are already more than 2,096, with at least 166 deaths, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Health.[[Follow the latest news about the coronavirus in Asturias].
Coronavirus in Galicia: last minute of the number of cases in Vigo and A Coruña
The fifth week of the state of alarm begins, after a Holy Week that was not such due to the coronavirus epidemic and that has already left more than 390 fatalities in Galicia.[[Follow the latest news about the coronavirus in Vigo].
The number of patients with Covid-19 hospitalized in the Coruña health area remains unchanged, below the 200 barrier for the fourth consecutive day, according to the latest balance sheet released by the medical management.[[Follow the latest news about the coronavirus in A Coruña].
Coronavirus in Castilla-León: last minute of the number of cases
Castilla y León already exceeds 13,500 cases: 13,697 positives, of which 1,337 have died, 4,521 have already been discharged and 495 are still in the ICU.[[Follow the latest news about the coronavirus in Zamora].
Coronavirus in Catalonia: last minute of the number of cases
The number of cases of coronavirus-infected in this community amounts to 36,505 people, with 3,756 deaths, according to the latest data released by the Ministry of Health.[[Follow the latest news about the coronavirus in Catalonia].
Coronavirus in Murcia: last minute of the number of cases
The Region of Murcia already registers at least 109 deaths and more than 1,520 infections, according to data offered this Wednesday at 11:30 AM, from the Ministry of Health.[[Follow the latest news about the coronavirus in Murcia].
Coronavirus in Andalusia: last minute of the number of Malaga and Córboba cases
Andalusia already reaches 10,595 affected by coronavirus, according to data released at 11:30 am on Wednesday by the Ministry of Health, which indicates that the deaths in the autonomous community are 865, which is 39 more.[[Follow the latest news about the coronavirus in Malaga].[[Follow the latest news about the coronavirus in Córdoba].
Coronavirus in the Valencian Community: last minute of the number of cases in Alicante and Valencia
The deaths from coronavirus in the Valencian Community since the pandemic began rose to 945 today, Wednesday, after the 38 new deaths registered between Monday afternoon and Tuesday afternoon. It is the official data on deaths offered this morning by the Ministry of Health, waiting for the area’s minister, Ana Barceló, to offer the details in a press conference at noon.[[Follow the latest news about the coronavirus in Valencia].[[Follow the latest news about the coronavirus in Alicante].
Coronavirus in the Balearic Islands: last minute of the number of cases in Mallorca and Ibiza
The spread of coronavirus in the Balearic Islands once again experienced a new rebound in the last few hours, with 35 more positives, bringing the total to 1,606. The pandemic has claimed the lives of 125 people in the archipelago, after the death of seven more patients has been confirmed.[[Follow the latest news about the coronavirus in Mallorca].[[Follow the latest news about the coronavirus in Ibiza].
Coronavirus in the Canary Islands: last minute of the number of cases
The Canary Islands has reached the figure of 104 deaths of patients with coronavirus after accounting for two new deaths this Tuesday, according to the update of data offered by the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands at 8:00 p.m.[[Follow the latest news about the coronavirus in the Canary Islands].
Coronavirus in Extremadura: last minute of the number of cases
The last day has left 18 people dead due to a coronavirus in Extremadura, which increases the number of fatalities by 342, according to figures provided by the Ministry of Health in its daily bulletin. There are 2,762 confirmed cases in the region, 58 in the last 24 hours. Among them, 109 infected have needed admission to the ICU. On the positive side, 37 people have been cured, for a total of 578 recovered.[[Follow the latest news about the coronavirus in Extremadura].
Coronavirus in Aragon: last minute of the number of cases
In total, the number of infections in Aragon is 4,338 and the death toll in this community is already 514 people.[[Follow the latest news about the coronavirus in Aragon].
Coronavirus in Madrid: last minute of the number of cases
The Community of Madrid continues to be the most affected, with 49,526 cases, of which 6,724 have died, 27,436 have recovered and 1,244 are still admitted to the ICU.[[Follow the latest news about the coronavirus in Madrid].
Coronavirus in the Basque Country: last minute of the number of cases
The Basque Country, meanwhile, has exceeded the barrier of the 11,000 infected: 11,475 cases, 902 deaths, 5,428 cured and 471 have been admitted to intensive care.
Coronavirus in Navarra: last minute of the number of cases
Navarra adds a total of 4,246, while the number of deceased is already 252, three more than the previous day.
Coronavirus in Castilla-La Mancha: last minute of the number of cases
Castilla-La Mancha records in the official statistics of the Ministry of Health this Wednesday a total of 14,680 infected with coronavirus, while the number of deceased already reaches a total of 1,755 deaths since the health crisis began.
Coronavirus in Cantabria: last minute of the number of cases
Cantabria has registered twelve new deaths in the last hours from coronavirus, bringing the number to 132, although there are 40 new ones cured, which now total 363.
Coronavirus in La Rioja: last minute of the number of cases
La Rioja already reaches a total of 3,457 cases of COVID-19 confirmed by PCR testing since March 2, 2020. In addition, it regretted 12 new deceased, bringing the number of people who have lost their lives to coronavirus to 246 people.
Coronavirus in Ceuta and Melilla: last hour of the number of cases
The autonomous city of Ceuta this Wednesday reached 98 positive cases for COVID-19 and 4 deaths. There are 102 cases of coronavirus in Melilla and two deaths have been recorded.
The decree of the state of alarm in Spain establishes that people must remain in their homes and only in these cases will they be able to circulate on public roads (always individually, unless accompanied by persons with disabilities, minors, elders, or by other just cause):
– Acquisition of food, pharmaceuticals and basic necessities
– Assistance to health centers, services and establishments
– Travel to the workplace to carry out their work, professional or business provision
– Return to the place of habitual residence
– Assistance and care for the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or especially vulnerable people
– Travel to banks and insurance offices
– Due to force majeure or need situation
– Any other activity of a similar nature (such as walking the dog)
In the framework of the limitation of freedom of movement linked to the state of alarm, some of the prohibited activities are:
– Take a walk, go for a run or to the gym, as well as bathe on the beach
– Go out with minors to a neighboring patio or other common area. Neither adults nor children can stay on the rooftop or play on a community patio
– Visit family or friends (except to serve elderly, dependent or vulnerable people)
– Go to eat at a bar or restaurant (these businesses can only serve food at home)
– Go to entertainment venues (must be closed)
The Council of Ministers approved on March 17 an economic and social shock plan to deal with the coronavirus crisis in Spain, which includes a set of economic emergency measures. The total cost will be around 200,000 million euros, as reported by the Government of Pedro Sánchez. These are the 10 most outstanding measures:
Mortgage moratorium. Approval of a moratorium on the payment of mortgages to people who have reduced their income or are unemployed due to the coronavirus.
Payment of supplies. Moratorium on the payment of basic supplies (water, electricity and gas) to vulnerable groups.
Social bonus. Automatic extension until September of the social bonus to beneficiary households.
Attention to elderly and dependent people. Creation of a specific contingency fund to reinforce care for the elderly, homeless and in nursing homes and dependents. Some 300 million euros will be allocated.
Flexibility of municipal spending. Relaxation of the spending rule so that municipalities can use their surplus if they invest it in social care items such as care for dependency, social services and all kinds of social problems associated with the coronavirus crisis. Some 300 million euros will be allocated.
ERTE authorization. The ERTE authorization process (temporary employment regulation files) will be streamlined. They will be considered made by force majeure and will be handled quickly.
Collection of unemployment in case of ERTE. Unemployment benefit guarantee in case of ERTE. All workers affected by these procedures will have the right to collect unemployment even if they do not meet the minimum contribution period required for it. In addition, the time the perception of this benefit lasts (counter to zero) will not be considered consumed.
Extension of unemployment benefit. Automatic extension of unemployment benefits. No one will lose their rights because they cannot go to the employment offices.
Boost to telework. Facilitate teleworking through an “important” endowment for companies to buy computers, while allowing workers to adapt or reduce their workday to care for their dependents, making it possible to reduce 100% of the day.
Help with family care. Right to family care for all workers without being sanctioned or dismissed (reduction of working hours even up to 100% or reorganization for family care up to second grade – grandchildren and grandparents-).
Pedro Sánchez’s government also approved several measures on March 31 to guarantee the housing of tenants affected by the crisis. These are the rental aids for coronavirus:
Microcredits to pay the rent. The State makes microcredits available to tenants of small landowners at interest rates 0 so that people who are in a vulnerable situation can pay the rent.
Great owners: take away 50%. Large homeowners -funds, socimis and real estate- must carry out a 50% reduction or a debt restructuring in 3 years.
The State will pay the rent to the most vulnerable (people who remain vulnerable after the crisis). Up to 900 euros per month and 200 euros for the payment of supplies, maintenance, etc.
Extension of leases. Extraordinary 6-month extension of the rental contracts for the habitual residence to avoid abusive increases.
Suspension of evictions. The Executive orders the suspension of evictions without housing alternative for six months after the end of the state of alarm.
The Government of Spain has established the control of land borders to decrease the risk of spread of the coronavirus. The restriction will last until the alarm state ends. Until that time, only Spanish citizens, residents of Spain, cross-border workers, and those who documentary proof of causes of force majeure or situation of need can access the national territory.
The closure of land borders will not affect the transport of goods to secure the supply chain. Nor to members of diplomatic and consular offices. Spaniards who are out of the country at this time may return. It does not affect Gibraltar or Andorra.
Closed colleges, institutes and universities
Nurseries, schools, institutes and universities remain closed throughout Spain at least during the period of validity of the state of alarm (until Sunday March 29), although it is very likely that this period should be extended.
Situation in China and other countries
While in China the thrust of the coronavirus subsides, in the US the epidemic is advancing and in Italy the data have not yet given rise to hope. The latest information indicates that the number of infected continues to grow rapidly.