The number of coronavirus deaths in Spain rose to over 9,000 on Wednesday after 864 deaths in 24 hours. The number of confirmed cases exceeded the 100,000 mark, the government said.
Spain has the second highest death rate in the world after Italy. The virus has claimed 9,053 fatalities so far and the number of confirmed cases has reached 102,136.
Daily, the rate of new infections continued its downward trend, rising slightly more than 8.0 percent from almost 11 percent on Tuesday, according to the Ministry of Health figures.
And the mortality rate has also slowed, from 27 percent a week ago to 10.5 percent on Wednesday. Officials say the data appear to show that the epidemic is at its peak.
However, authorities have warned that even if the epidemic peaks, pressure on the critical care system will be delayed by at least a week or more, with hospitals expected to reach the crisis point late this week or early next year .
Madrid remains the most affected region with 3,865 deaths and nearly 30,000 cases. Hospitals and funeral burials are overwhelmed.
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