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Commuters wear masks to protect themselves from coronaviruses on a platform at Atocha station in Madrid, Spain, Monday, May 4. Manu Fernandez / AP

Spain began its transition to a new phase of de-escalation to “new normal” on Monday as the country’s health authorities report a second day of new infections and deaths at Covid-19, a record.

The country has “the lowest number of cases in two months” as a percentage, said Dr. Fernando Simón, Spanish director of health emergencies, at the government’s daily technical conference on coronaviruses.

The Spanish Ministry of Health has reported a record 0.16% increase in new cases of coronavirus infection confirmed by PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests since Sunday.

The number of deaths has increased by 164 in the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative number of deaths to 25,428 since the start of the pandemic in Spain.

The number of daily recoveries is greater than the number of new infections, but Simón warned that even if the data are good, they do not eliminate the risk, and noted that the positive figures of the cases of coronavirus could be adjusted in the next days due to postponement of weekend reports.

When asked if relaxing the country’s restrictions would lead to a new wave of infections, Simón said health officials were working on early detection to find out the number of possible cases much more quickly.

Instead of [current] periods of up to 10, in some cases 15 days, we want this to be reduced, if possible, “said Simon, adding that” the goal is a maximum of 48 hours. “

Faster detection and tracking “will ensure that from the moment you move from one phase to another, the regions are ready to react correctly in case of [new] epidemic, “said Simón.

Asked about the possibility that Spain uses apps to track contagion, Simón said, “What we need to know is the added value that these apps bring to the systems we already have, or are putting in place in place to track contacts. . ”

He also noted that Spain has restrictive data protection laws, so these should be taken into account “to be sure that they [the apps] does not irreversibly infringe on other rights. ”

Relaxation of restrictions: Spain embarked on a transition Monday after eight weeks of tough restrictions as part of the country’s state of emergency, in effect since March 14.


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