The number of cases of contamination with the new Coronavirus has reached 47,610 in Spain, up 7,937 in 24 hours, the Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday.
The pandemic has caused 738 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths since the appearance of the virus to 3,434, compared to 2,696 deaths recorded up to Tuesday, according to the ministry’s data. Out of the total number of confirmed cases, 3,166 people have been placed in intensive care, 530 more than the day before, and 5,367 have been cured, up 1,573. Madrid is still the most affected Autonomous Community in the country, with 14,597 confirmed cases of contamination, up 2,245 from the previous day, and 1,825 deaths (+290), or 53.15% of all deaths. A total of 3,031 people were cured in the region, an increase of 740 in one day, and 1,150 were placed in intensive care (+100).
Faced with the saturation of funeral services in Madrid, a large skating rink in a shopping center has been set up as a morgue to receive the corpses of Coronavirus victims.
In addition, the pavilions of the Madrid exhibition center (IFEMA) have been converted into a 1,500-bed field hospital, where the first patients were transferred last weekend. Eventually, the hospital is expected to have 5,500 beds, making it the largest of its kind in Europe. Spain has been placed on alert since 15 March for a period of 15 days to slow the spread of the new Coronavirus.