COVID-19 pandemic in Spain

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COVID-19 pandemic in Spain
COVID-19 outbreak Spain per capita map.svg
Number of confirmed cases per million inhabitants by province (as of 2 May):
  No data available
  Confirmed <99
  Confirmed 100–249
  Confirmed 250–499
  Confirmed 500–999
  Confirmed 1,000–2,999
  Confirmed 3,000–4,999
  Confirmed ≥5,000
(Provincial level data not available for Lleida, Girona, Barcelona, and Tarragona.)
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China[1][2]
Index caseLa Gomera, Canary Islands[3]
Arrival date31 January 2020
(3 years, 1 month, 3 weeks and 3 days)
Confirmed cases
  • 228,691 (PCR-confirmed)[4]
  • 41,490 (ST-confirmed)
Active cases60,764 (PCR-confirmed)

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was first confirmed to have spread to Spain on 31 January 2020, when a German tourist tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in La Gomera, Canary Islands.[3] By 13 March, cases had been confirmed in all 50 provinces of the country.

A state of alarm and national lockdown was made on 14 March.[5] On 29 March it was announced that, beginning the following day, all non-essential workers were to stay home for the next 14 days.[6] By late March, the Community of Madrid has recorded the most cases and deaths in the country.[7]

On 25 March the death toll in Spain passed that of mainland China, and only Italy's was higher.[8]

On 2 April, 950 people died of the virus in a 24-hour period—at the time, the most by any country in a single day.[9] The next day Spain passed Italy in total cases and is now second only to the United States.[10]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)". Retrieved 24 March 2020. The outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
  2. Sheikh, Knvul; Rabin, Roni Caryn (10 March 2020). "The Coronavirus: What Scientists Have Learned So Far". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Linde, Pablo (31 January 2020). "Sanidad confirma en La Gomera el primer caso de coronavirus en España". El Pais (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 31 January 2020. Retrieved 31 January 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "El mapa del coronavirus en España: 25.428 muertos y más de 218.000 contagiados". RTVE (in Spanish). 4 May 2020.
  5. "Estado de alarma por crisis sanitaria COVID-19—Atención e informacion—Punto de Acceso General".
  6. "Spain poised to tighten coronavirus lockdown after record daily toll". Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  7. Hedgecoe, Guy (26 March 2020). "'Top of the curve'? Spain hopes Covid-19 peak reached as deaths pass 4,000". The Irish Times. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  8. "Coronavirus latest: Britain's Prince Charles tests positive for Covid-19". South China Morning Post. 25 March 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2020. 'Spain's coronavirus death toll overtook that of China on Wednesday, rising to 3,434 after 738 people died over the past 24 hours,' the government said.
  9. Collman, Ashley. "Spain recorded 950 coronavirus deaths in a day, the highest single-day toll of any country". Business Insider. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  10. "Spain coronavirus cases surpass Italy". US News and World Report. Retrieved 3 April 2020.