Bleakest day in second wave of pandemic in Spain

Spain has today seen its bleakest day in the second wave of the pandemic adding 411 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours.

This brings the total death toll to 39,756.

The Ministry of Health also reported 17,395 new infections, in this bleakest day, which brings the number of positive cases since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,398,613.

However, Director of the Centre for Coordination of Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES), Fernando Simón, said at a press conference the trend seems to indicate that Spain is entering a stabilisation phase.

“However, the impact on ICUs and on fatality will not be seen until in a few days,” he added.

German pharmaceutical company has reported that its vaccine against Covid-19, Pfizer, is 90 per cent effective.

Simón assured that the data from the company “invites optimism” and is “very hopeful”.

Health Minister Salvador Illa told TVE today, Tuesday, November 10, Spain could be set to get the first Pfizer and BioNTech Covid vaccines in early 2021.

“The country would initially get 20 million vaccine doses, enough to immunise 10 million people,” he said.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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