Spain will have to use armed forces to help transport the bodies of people who died from Covid-19 when it recorded a record number of deaths on a record high day.
The Spanish military will have to intervene due to the overwhelming death toll and the lack of funeral homes, according to a statement in the country’s official newspaper.
The move came as Spain confirmed 838 more deaths from Covid-19 in just 24 hours on March 29. This is a record high, bringing the country’s total death to 6,528 people, according to Health Ministry data.
Hot spot outbreak No. 2 in the world
The number of positive cases in Spain has now reached 78,797, after an increase of 9.1% in one day. The country is struggling with the second dangerous outbreak of Covid-19 in the world after Italy.
Authorities say military use will last during the country’s emergency.
The Spanish National Assembly has approved the extension of strict epidemic control measures for two more weeks until April 11.
Madrid remains the most affected region, accounting for nearly half of the deaths in the country.
Earlier this week, the Spanish capital was forced to convert an ice rink into a morgue due to so many deaths in the city.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez also announced the enactment of even tougher restrictions in the country in an effort to curb the health crisis.
Starting March 30, all workers who do not work in essential service providers will have to stay home for two weeks, but Sanchez did not specify that this “essential service” includes any field.
He said the wages of these workers would still be paid, but the lost hours would be compensated later.
So far, people can still go to work even though the country is in a state of emergency, as declared on March 15.
However, people are only allowed to leave home for essential things, such as buying food. They have to go alone. Outdoor exercise and walking are currently banned, “said Mr Sanchez.
“In Spain, the most difficult times have yet to come, the virus is attacking us very strongly.”
Europe seeks to unite against epidemic
Spain and Italy are almost completely blocked. Citizens are forced to stay at home, except for essential activities like buying food and medicine.
In Germany, where positive cases and deaths are also on the rise, Chancellor Angela Merkel said it is unlikely that the country’s restrictive orders will be relaxed before April 20. The confirmed cases of infection in Europe’s largest economy doubles every 5.5 days, and the isolation and blockade of the country can only be relaxed when the cases are not doubling. over a period of 10 days.
“The number of new cases is not a reason to loosen regulations,” Merkel said on March 28.
In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is infected with the virus, London’s Excel stadium is being transformed into a field hospital and new treatment centers have been planned for Birmingham and Manchester.
The lack of space in intensive care units may exacerbate the situation in Spain when the number of ICU patients exceeds the available capacity for the first time. The number of patients in ICU has increased by 410, to 4,575, while the maximum capacity is 4,404.
European leaders are also struggling to find a common answer to the battle against the pandemic and limit its economic consequences. France and Italy are pushing for more comprehensive measures such as issuing joint debt to deal with the crisis. Germany, so far, has not accepted that proposal.
Speaking in interviews with various newspapers, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte urged concerted action – this could trigger a confrontation with Germany and northern countries. Other similar public debt crisis.
“We will not be able to overcome this crisis without strong European solidarity, both on the health and budget side,” Mr. Macron said in an interview with three Italian newspapers. “If Europe is unable to overcome the challenge, the whole European project will risk losing legal value in the eyes of the people,” Mr. Conte said in a private interview with Il Sole 24 Ore.