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Spain records 87 new coronavirus deaths in last 24 hours, the lowest since March 9th 

Spain’s 24-hour coronavirus death toll has dropped to 87, the first time the figure has been below 100 since March 9th.

In total, the number of fatalities due to
COVID-19 in Spain now amounts to 27,650.

In the last 24-hours, they have been no deaths
reported in a number of regions, including the Canary Islands, Murcia, Melilla
and Aragon.

The day with the most deaths in Spain was
Thursday, April 2nd with 950. Since then, the number of daily deaths has been
decreasing progressively, with some fluctuations, until falling below 100
today.

By autonomous community, Madrid continues to
be the region that has registered the most deaths so far, with 8,847, followed
by Catalonia, with 5,944; Castilla-La Mancha, 2,893; Castilla y León, 1,946;
Basque Country, 1,459; Valencian Community, 1,366; Andalusia, with 1,358;
Aragon, 838; Galicia, with 606; Navarra, 503; Extremadura, 500; Asturias, 315;
La Rioja, 349; Balearic Islands, 218; Cantabria, 207; Canary Islands, 151;
Murcia, 144; Ceuta, 4; and Melilla, 2.

The encouraging figures come as Spanish Prime
Minister Pedro Sanchez says he will seek on Wednesday a further extension to
the State of Emergency first imposed on Marh 14th. The current order runs out
on May 24th. Congress will be asked to approve a new period which “is
aimed at being the last” and would be for “more or less a month”
rather than the usual two weeks’ extension.

The exact length, said the Prime Minister,
would depend on epidemiological and health criteria, not political motives. It
is expected to take the country to the end of June when Mr. Sanchez says the
start of the “new norm” will have been reached.

The renewal is not guaranteed as the
government is likely to face a challenge from opposition parties.

Many parts of Spain are still in phase one of
the government’s de-escalation phase but on Monday, the “pioneering”
islands of La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa in the Canaries and Formentera
in the Balearics will go into phase two ahead of the rest of the country which
will follow in a week “if ready”. From tomorrow, residents will be
able to take walks or exercise at any time of the day, apart from the timetables
reserved for the over 70s: from 10am to noon and from 7pm to 8pm.

In phase two, social meetings of up to 15
people are permitted, and shopping malls will be able to reopen, although the
public will not be allowed in common or recreational areas. Capacity will be limited
to 40%.

The number of stands permitted in open-air
markets will also be raised, to a third of those usually authorised. As well as
street cafés, which under Phase 1 were permitted to operate at 50% capacity,
bars and restaurants will be able to open their indoor dining areas (apart from
nightclubs and nighttime bars), with capacity limited to 40%.

Regions will be able to allow visits to a
relative in supervised housing and residential homes for people with
disabilities, provided that there are no confirmed coronavirus cases there and
none of the residents are in quarantine. Hygiene and other safety measures will
have to be observed.