The government of Spain expressed cautious optimism about the downward path of the coronavirus-related death toll in the country. On Sunday, one of the hardest-hit countries in the world saw its lowest daily increase in about a month.
According to officials, Spain was among the highest in the world in terms of coronavirus-related fatalities, with daily increases ranging from 600 to over 900 per day since March 22. On April 2, the country saw its highest daily increase of 950 deaths. In mid-March, its government imposed a strict lockdown in an attempt to slow down the spread of the virus. According to reports, the measure may be starting to show some positive effects.
Health minister, Salvador Illa, for his part, revealed that the current data shows the breaking of the curve. Referring to the death toll’s evolution, Illa said, “It is still a difficult stage, but we are going in the right direction.”
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced Saturday he will be requesting parliament to extend the country’s lockdown for 15 days. This means the lockdown will be in effect until May 9, though restrictions, according to Sanchez, will be more flexible. Parliament is set to convene next Wednesday, according to Health Minister Illa.