Spain has reported its lowest daily death total for confirmed coronavirus victims in nearly a month as the country contains a savage outbreak that has killed more than 20,000 people there.
Spanish health officials said Sunday another 410 people have died in the last 24 hours. That is the lowest daily death toll since March 22.
The total number of fatalities in Spain, the third hardest-hit country in the world after the US and Italy, has reached 20,453, the health ministry said.
Infections rose to 195,344, with 4,218 new cases in the past 24 hours.
However, Fernando Simon, the health ministry’s emergencies coordinator, said the fall in the number of deaths from Saturday to Sunday can be explained by the lower registration of fatalities over the weekend. Such a drop is often followed by a rise on Monday.
But Simon also said the latest data gives Spain hope, adding that it shows “the rate of contagion has fallen and that we are on the correct path.”
Spanish authorities believe the country reached the peak of the pandemic on April 2 when they had counted 950 deaths in 24 hours. But they are not ready to recommend a lifting of the nationwide lockdown, one of the tightest in Europe.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Saturday announced he would ask parliament to extend the lockdown by two weeks to May 9.
The restrictions currently in place would, however, be loosened slightly to allow children time outside from April 27, Sanchez said.