Coronavirus: Spain reports no COVID-19 deaths for first time since March

For the first time in two months, Spain has reported no new deaths from coronavirus in its daily update.

The country recorded its first death related to coronavirus on 3 March – and a month later, on 2 April, it recorded its highest single increase with 950 deaths in 24 hours.

Spain‘s emergency health response chief Fernando Simon said that the latest data on those who had died after testing positive for COVID-19 was “very, very encouraging”.

He added that there had been just 71 new infections in the last 24-hour reporting period.

“We are in a very good place in the evolution of the pandemic,” said Mr Simon.

“The statistics are following a trend. They are going in the right direction.”

The lockdown in Spain is being relaxed slowly and cautiously, as the virus begins to slow down in the country.

However, transport minister Maria Reyes Maroto announced on Sunday that the ban on foreign tourists would be lifted earlier than anticipated as the country continues to get its outbreak under control.

The original target was to start welcoming visitors at the end of June, but Spain’s borders are now likely to be opened well before the month is over.

But British tourists will not be among the earliest arrivals, with officials saying the situation in the UK has to improve before they can be allowed in.

The number of people in Spain who have died with COVID-19 stands at 27,127, with 239,638 confirmed cases, according to figures being tracked by Johns Hopkins University.

There have been 38,571 deaths in the UK, which has had 276,156 confirmed cases.

The UK is also yet to see its daily increase in deaths drop below three figures.

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