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22 Oct 2020 | 03:50 AM UTC

Spain: Over one million COVID-19 cases reported as of October 21 /update 52

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Spain confirms over one million cases COVID-19 cases as of October 21; further spread of the virus expected in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/22/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/29/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Madrid). COUNTRY/REGION Spain

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Event

On Wednesday, October 21, the Spanish health ministry reported an updated total of 1,005,296 confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country and 34,366 related deaths. Health authorities further reported 16,973 cases in the last 24 hours. Spain has become the first country in Western Europe to hit over one million cases and has the sixth-highest number of cases in the world behind the US, India, Brazil, Russia, and Argentina.

New COVID-19 measures have been implemented throughout different regions of Spain based on the number of cases in each region, in an effort to further curb the spread of the virus.

Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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