Spain’s coronavirus rate triples in 3 weeks after lockdown easing

Spain's coronavirus rate triples in 3 weeks after lockdown easing

The occurrence of coronavirus in Spain has risen three-fold over the last three weeks after the country eased lockdown, according to Health Ministry data.

It has jumped from eight cases per 100,000 inhabitants at the end of June, when the country’s state of emergency ended, to 27 per 100,000, deputy health emergency chief Maria Sierra told a news conference.

Over the weekend 4,581 new cases were recorded, bringing the total to 264,836, she added. More than 28,000 people have died.

Since restrictions on movement were lifted and Spaniards relaxed back into daily life, some 201 new clusters have appeared.

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