Spain’s Virus Death Toll Drops to Lowest in Almost Two Months

(Bloomberg) --

Spain recorded its lowest daily coronavirus death toll in almost two months, as the nation moves into the latest phase of a gradual easing of lockdown rules.

The number of fatalities rose by 123 to 26,744 in the 24 hours through Monday, the fewest since March 18 and compared with an increase of 143 on Sunday, according to Health Ministry data. Infections in Europe’s most extensive outbreak rose by 373 to 227,436 after the previous day’s gain of 621. The total number of cases was adjusted to reflect changes in data for the Madrid and Catalonia regions.

About half of Spain’s population on Monday began the second stage of the government’s strategy to lift the country’s two-month lockdown, which allows bars and restaurants to operate outdoor areas at 50% capacity and gatherings of as many as 10 people at private residences.

The latest relaxation doesn’t include the two main cities of Madrid and Barcelona, where more stringent rules remain in place.

Balancing the transition is putting political pressure on Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, with a growing number of regional leaders pushing for a quicker return to normal life.

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