Spain does not control contagion "perfectly"

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The Spanish health authorities acknowledged this Monday that they were unable to "perfectly" control the contagion of the new coronavirus while Spain recorded the largest increase in cases detected among the large Western European countries in two weeks.

The death toll has risen significantly with 65 deaths recorded in the last seven days, more than half of which in Aragon, a northeastern region of the country, according to the Ministry of Health report published on Monday.

Spain knows a community transmission (that is, we cannot go back to the origin of the case) "that is not perfectly controlled but that is gradually diminishing," the chief epidemiologist of the Ministry of Health, Fernando Simón, evaluated this Monday.

The number of diagnosed carriers of the new coronavirus has increased by almost 60% in the last seven days in the country. The average has risen to 90 per 100,000 inhabitants in the last two weeks, while the figure is 27 in France, 17 in the United Kingdom, 13 in Germany and 7 in Italy, the European country where the pandemic was declared for the first time.

The most affected regions are Catalonia (northeast) and neighboring Aragon, the latter being the most worrying region with the highest rate of cases in the country, 240 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Spain had experienced a strict confinement from mid-March to June 21, but the government rules out the possibility of reestablishing this state of exception.

322,980 cases per 28,576 deaths

The country remains one of the worst affected by the pandemic in Europe with a total of 322,980 cases and 28,576 deaths recorded on Monday. More and more European countries are imposing a quarantine on travelers returning from Spain, while others such as France and Belgium have advised against traveling to the riskier regions of this tourist country.

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