Spain reported the first decline in new coronavirus deaths in four days on Friday, suggesting strict confinement measures may be helping to bring the outbreak under control.
Total deaths rose by 932 to 10,935 in the past 24 hours, a smaller gain than Thursday’s 950, according to Health Ministry data. The number of confirmed cases also increased by less than the previous day, with 7,472 new infections taking the total to 117,710.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s government has struggled to check the spread of the virus in Europe’s second-worst outbreak after Italy. Hospitals are overwhelmed, nursing homes have been especially hard hit in a nation with one of the world’s oldest populations, and the army has been mobilized.
Sanchez may extend the current four-week lockdown for another two weeks beyond April 11, Spanish media reported Friday, citing unidentified sources in the administration. The stay-at-home order limits people’s movement to shopping for food and essentials, while some workers are also allowed to circulate.