Another 838 people died of coronaviruses in Spain, bringing the country’s death toll to 6,528.
The number of Covid-19 cases in the nation also increased by 6,549, bringing the total number of infected people to 78,797. Spain was among the countries most affected by the coronavirus, with the nation’s death toll exceeding China this week.
Since then, the Spanish authorities have voted to extend emergency measures that restrict people in their homes, with the exception of essential travel for food, medicine and work.
A temporary morgue has also been set up on a skating rink in Madrid, where health workers warn that services are “collapsing” due to the influx of patients lining hospital corridors.
Shocking footage from inside Infanta Leonor Hospital and Severo Ochoa de Leganes Hospital showed patients lying on the floor while connected to oxygen cylinders while waiting to be seen by medical personnel.
Javier Garcia, representative of the General Workers Union, had said that the emergency department of the Severo Ochoa de Leganes Hospital was “three times” able to function, which means that many patients had been “out of bed”, sitting on plastic chairs for more than 30 hours. ‘
He continued: “This morning I saw a person on the floor between two places. Emotionally, this is terrible. ‘
The maximum capacity for the emergency department of Severo Ochoa de Leganes Hospital is believed to be 80, but last week there were 240 patients in the facility.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has now ordered all citizens with non-essential jobs to stay home. He previously declared a state of emergency for the country in early March.
Saturday evening, he noted that “extraordinarily tough” measures are now needed to ensure that the coronavirus pandemic does not get worse.
Announcing the closure of non-essential workplaces, he said: “This measure will further reduce the movement of people [but] it will reduce the risk of infection and allow us to unlock intensive care units. “
The new measure will take effect on Monday March 30 and will last until April 9, said Sánchez. He added: “It is time to act in Europe. Europe is at risk.”
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