COVID-19: Spain counts 31,400 infections over weekend

Spain’s Health Ministry reported a total of almost 670,500 coronavirus infections on Monday – a jump of more than 31,400 since data was last reported on Friday.

Despite a patchwork of measures aimed at curbing COVID-19, the virus shows no sign of retreat. During the same period last week, confirmed infections surged by 27,400 – around 15% less than this weekend.

In consequence, doctors are seeing an influx of COVID-19 patients. On Friday, these patients occupied 8.7% of all the hospital beds in Spain, but on Monday they now occupied 9.5% of all beds.

In the capital Madrid, where nearly 50,000 infections have been diagnosed in two weeks, 25% of all hospital beds are being used to treat COVID-19 patients.

On Monday, Madrid Premier Isabel Ayuso held a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to address the worrying situation.

Sanchez said he supported Ayuso’s new measures and they agreed to create a working group to address the problem.

Still, on Monday Catalan President Quim Torra advised locals to avoid travel to Madrid.