Spain passes the 400,000 case mark

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Spain surpassed the 400,000 diagnosed cases of coronavirus on Monday, authorities said, adding that the situation in Madrid will require action “quickly”, with the adoption of new measures in the coming days.

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According to the daily bulletin of the Ministry of Health, Spain, one of the countries most affected by the pandemic, has 405,436 confirmed cases, an increase of more than 19,300 from Friday.

Many of these new cases are actually from previous days, but the regions with jurisdiction over health only reported them to the central government this weekend, said Fernando Simón, director of the health emergency center at the ministry of health. Health.

He insisted on the increase in cases in Madrid, the region where the highest number of cases have been diagnosed in the past week, more than 13,400.

The situation could lead to the adoption of “drastic measures”, for example one-off lockdowns or limitations on the mobility of the population, he said.

In addition, in Catalonia, regional authorities have stepped up measures against the virus and banned meetings of more than ten people in public and private spaces, a measure already in force in Madrid.

In the region of Murcia (South East), local authorities have limited this threshold to six people.

The pandemic has killed 28,872 people in the country, according to the Ministry of Health, 34 more than Friday.

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