Spain’s Coronavirus Daily Death Tolls Falls Again on Sunday to Lowest in Six Weeks

MADRID (Reuters/AP) -
Medical equipment to treat patients sits on a table in the designated “clean” area of the emergency room, separated from the “dirty” area by a red line on the floor as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, at Infanta Sofia University hospital in Madrid, Spain, Friday. (Reuters/Susana Vera)

Spain‘s daily death toll from the coronavirus fell to 143 on Sunday, down from 179 the previous day, the Health Ministry reported.

It marks the lowest daily death toll since mid-March.

Overall deaths rose to 26,621 from 26,478 on Saturday and the number of diagnosed cases rose to 224,390 from 223,578 the day before, the ministry said. More than 136,000 have recovered.

Meanwhile, roughly half of Spain’s 47 million inhabitants will be able to enjoy their first meal at an outdoor terrace on Monday, but residents of the harder hit cities Madrid and Barcelona have to wait.

Spain’s government is allowing other areas to further loosen restrictions that have been in place for nearly two months.

Restaurant owners in cities like Sevilla and Bilbao will be able to open 50% of their outdoor seating for customers, while residents there will be allowed meet in groups of up to 10 people, and go to museums in limited numbers. Small shops will be able to open without the requirement for an appointment.

Officials are under pressure to revive a flagging economy amid rocketing unemployment.