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The Government raises the dead to 28,313 but remains far from those detected by the INE


The Government has updated this Friday the death toll from the coronavirus in Spain, which had been frozen for more than 10 days because it wanted to clean up the historical series. In total, the Ministry of Health records 28,313 deceased by Covid-19, which means raise the data by 1,177 that was provided until now. However, it is still far from the more than 40,000 recorded by the autonomous communities and the excess mortality detected by the INE.

The figure provided by Health will change this afternoon, once the deceased accounted for in the last 24 hours are included. This was explained by the minister of the branch, Salvador Illa, and the director of the Coordination Center for Alerts and Health Emergencies (CCAES), Fernando Simón, at a press conference.

On the difference between the figures of the Autonomous Communities and the National Institute of Statistics and those given by the Government, they have explained that there is an excess of mortality because some regions disclose different types of data (deceased by Covid, notified, probable-suspects, in others only excess mortality …), which have been forwarded to the INE as well, and therefore it is not "prudent" to compare figures with one another, nor with the total. "We work with the confirmed" with PCR tests, Simón has remarked, making it clear that "the data on the deceased is what the communities send" and that they will have to update them appropriately.

"There has been some controversy, but they were frozen because the change in the surveillance system and the need to update all the data made it something obligatory to consolidate, update and guarantee its quality," said the doctor from Moncloa. "Now we can give exact data: today the number, the base to be updated, is 28,313 deaths with a diagnosis of coronavirus."

And although there is a excess deaths "somewhat higher, 12,000 or 13,000 more, of those there is no confirmation that they were due to coronavirus. Some will have been, others for another reason, but those that can be confirmed are 28,313 ", Simón insisted.

In addition, Illa has confirmed that since May 11 (that is, in the last month), in Spain there have been 34 outbreaks that have affected a total of 982 people, although she has noted that currently "there are only 9 assets, affecting 92 people". Of course, he has made it clear that "all outbreaks are under control."

"We have been able to adequately detect these outbreaks and act forcefully and promptly to consider them out of date," explained the minister, who has blamed it on the increased ability to carry out PCR tests. And it is that currently, he assured, about 40,000 newspapers are made.

As Illa has assured, the communities have been "very on top to control these outbreaks", which have been "associated with productive activities such as slaughterhouses, seasonal workers, some with residences, others with health centers, some with incivism (activities not allowed, or that it has not been acted with the due responsibility), and some imported cases, few, but have been detected in time ".


Illa has also said that Spain will strengthen controls on travelers arriving in the country starting Monday, with the 'new normal' already underway. There will be documentary control, temperature control and visual control, and whoever does not exceed it, will be examined by a doctor.

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