The Hunt is on in Spain for “Patient Zero” as health authorities fear that the “Super Spreader” is somewhere on the Spanish Mainland

A Spanish civil guard van is seen outside Torrejon University Hospital after two coronavirus cases were identified in Torrejon de Ardoz, near Madrid

The number of infected with the coronavirus in Spain has risen to 46 this Saturday, according to the latest figures provided by the Spanish health authorities.

As the number of infected continues to rise all over Spain the search is on for a so-called “Super Spreader”. Super-spreaders have been documented as far back as the early 1900s, when one woman infected 51 people with typhoid, even though she had no symptoms herself. One thing seems certain – it is impossible to know who will be a super-spreader and who will not.

A super spreader has the ability to give the virus to at least 5 or more people even though themselves they do not display any symptoms, this is why it is extremely difficult to locate them.

Two of these new cases have occurred in Catalonia, one more in Madrid, another in the Balearic Islands and another in the Basque Country.

By communities, the count is as follows: Madrid has eight confirmed cases, ten in the Valencian Community, six in the Canary Islands, six in Catalonia (two new confirmed this Saturday), two in the Balearic Islands, eight in Andalusia, one in Aragon, two in Castilla y León and three in the Basque Country.

The Spanish stock market has recorded this week the biggest fall in almost ten years by losing 11.76% due to the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, the measures taken to combat it and its impact on the world economy.

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Tony Winterburn

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