The Minister of Health of the Community of Madrid, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, said this Thursday that although the number of infected diagnosed is about 17,000, the real number “is greater” and could be around 50,000 affected by coronaviruses in the Madrid region.
In an interview on Antena3, Escudero explained that the official number of those infected does not include mild patients who have been diagnosed at home, and that adding these to those who test positive for PCR (acronym in English for Polymerase Chain Reaction), one could speak of about 50,000 affected by coronavirus in the Community.
In this sense, he affirmed that in Spain the number of positive cases should also be multiplied by three, so that there could really be 700,000 affected, since it is necessary to add the three diagnostic profiles, which have tested positive. PCR, those that have been clinically diagnosed by Primary Care, and those who are asymptomatic.
“We have a sustained transmission scenario, there are many patients who do not have the diagnosis but are surely positive,” said the Madrid counselor.