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25 Mar. 2020 / 10:15

Spain: doctors struggle to cope as 514 die from coronavirus in a day

Doctors in Spain have complained of a lack of basic protective equipment as 514 people died with the virus in the country in a single day and the latest figures revealed that Spanish healthcare workers account for more than 13% of the country’s 39,673 cases, The Guardian reports.

Spain, the second-most affected country in Europe after Italy, has been in lockdown since 14 March, but is struggling to slow the spread of the disease, which has so far claimed 2,696 lives.

The Madrid region has logged 12,352 cases – almost a third of the national total – and 1,535 deaths.

With hospitals, funeral homes and crematoriums in and around the capital struggling to keep pace, an ice rink in the city has been pressed into service as a makeshift morgue and Madrid’s cavernous Ifema conference centre has been converted into a field hospital with capacity for 5,500 beds.

As the number of infected health workers rises, some health professionals say they still lack the necessary material to keep them safe as they struggle to keep the virus from collapsing the system.

On Tuesday morning, the government confirmed that 5,400 health workers had contracted the virus. Almost 650,000 rapid-testing kits are being distributed to frontline medical staff as well as residential homes and the most affected regions.

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