Spain close to start of decline in coronavirus epidemic
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez attends a press conference after a special meeting of the European Council at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 21, 2020.
The COVID-19 data is encouraging and "the fire has started to come under control," the prime minister said.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Thursday that the country is close to the beginning of a decline in its novel coronavirus epidemic.
The COVID-19 data is encouraging and "the fire has started to come under control," the prime minister told parliament before a vote on the extension of a state of emergency by another two weeks until April 26.
Picture 2: A medical worker tests a patient at a hospital in Barcelona, Spain, March 20, 2020.
On Wednesday, Spain's Health Minister Salvador Illa said the country has "reached the peak of contagion," although it recorded a rise of new COVID-19 cases and deaths for a second day after four straight days of decline.
The total number of cases rose by 6,180 to 146,690, according to the daily data published by the Spanish Ministry for Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Services.
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