MADRID – Spain this week will become the first European country to report one million coronavirus cases since the pandemic started. Despite bringing in one of the strictest lockdowns in the world, experts say that Spain has reached this grim milestone because the pandemic has exposed some deep flaws in its health system and model of government. At the start of the week, the country had reached 974,449 reported COVID-19 cases nationwide and the figure was likely to reach the million mark by the weekend. Some six million Spaniards — about 13% of the population of 47 million — are now living under some kind of restrictions to try to curb a second wave. Despite this, Spain’s health minister, Salvador Illa, said the government was considering imposing a curfew in Madrid, the region with the highest number of cases in the country, to try to halt the soaring number of infections. Health experts point to the way Spain lifted its draconian lockdown too early in June under pressure from business-friendly, right-wing regional governments. Other factors cited were the lack of adequate track-and-trace mechanisms, the failure to provide for an itinerant migrant population which spread the illness while picking… Read full this story
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