Spain warned of economic DEVASTATION as second wave causes cases to quadruple


    Government officials have warned of the impending economic crisis while medical authorities have shown concern over the dramatic surge in cases. Health chiefs said the infection rates had quadrupled from 13.5 to 55.1 new infections a week per 100,000 people since mid-July.

    This was roughly half the rate of infection at the peak of Spain’s first wave in late March, when nearly 120 new infections per 100,000 people were being reported weekly.

    Government figures showed that the number of active outbreaks was getting out of control, with 100 new clusters identified in the past week to total 580 across the country.

    Some of the hotspots for the virus were the Basque country, Aragon and Madrid.

    These regions represented a large percentage of the 4,507 new infections reported on Friday.

    Spain number of cases – more than 314,000 in total since the onset of the pandemic – is the highest number in Europe, according to the World Health Organisation.

    Pablo Casado, the leader of the main opposition Popular Party, has condemned the government’s response to the pandemic, claiming that “the management could not be worse.”

    The country’s struggling economy relied heavily on the functioning of its tourism industry, but the sector suffered another hit after 22 European countries have urged their citizens to avoid travelling to Spain.

    The World Health Organisation said it did not expect Spain to go into a total lockdown again.

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    However, extensive outbreaks have also been linked to the horticultural sector and at food-processing companies.

    A committee of prominent scientists have called for an independent assessment of the government’s coronavirus response.

    Spain’s crisis has seen more than 50,000 cases among health workers and almost 20,000 deaths in nursing homes.

    The board of top medical professionals wrote in an article for the medical journal The Lancet that an independent audit should set out the government’s handling of the crisis.

    The professionals claimed that “Spain is among the most affected countries” despite the fact that “it has one of the best health systems in the world”.

    They called for an inquiry into the country’s poor preparation ahead of the pandemic, as well as the lack of co-ordination between central and regional governments.


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