Pedestrians wearing face masks cross a road during a Lunar New Year of the Rat public holiday in Hong Kong on January 27, 2020, as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan
MADRID, May 18 (MENA) – The Spanish Health Ministry confirmed Monday further reductions in the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths.
In the 24-hour period until midnight local time Sunday, 59 people lost their lives to coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed deaths in the country to 27,709.
It is the second time in two days that the death toll for a 24-hour period has been below 100 (87 deaths confirmed during the previous 24-hour period), although the numbers should be viewed with some caution due to delays in collecting data over the weekend, according to Xinhua.
There was also a fall in the number of new cases detected via PCR tests, which check if the coronavirus is active in the body.
The ministry reported 285 new infections -- compared with 421 new infections reported 24 hours earlier, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 231,606.
From Monday, the ministry has changed the way it calculates the daily new cases and deaths, announcing the data in the afternoon rather than at midday, while calculating the 24-hour period from midnight to midnight, rather than from 9 p.m. to 9 p.m. as it had done previously.