Death toll in Spain slips to 523, Coronavirus testing ramping up

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The death toll in Spain fella little on Wednesday to 523 from 567 in the previous day, the health ministry stated. The country has also started to ramp up the testing which could allow it to further ease the tough restrictions.

As the total number of fatalities touched 18,579 in Spain, the European nation still remains as one of the most-affected countries due to the coronavirus or COVID-19. But as per the latest pieces of evidence the government is managing to flatten the curve of the infections.

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The official tally of cases rose to 177,633 on Wednesday from 172,541 the day before, the ministry said. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said efforts were underway to ramp up testing, to get a tighter grip on the spread of the disease and build a strategy for emerging from a lockdown that has kept most Spaniards confined to their homes since mid-March.

The loosening of restrictions began this week as some non-essential businesses were allowed to resume work. "A group of institutions is making efforts to increase the number of tests. The number of tests made in Spain is rising," Sanchez told a near-empty parliament. "Spain is already one of the countries making the most daily tests. More than 20,000, and we are increasing the number."

For lockdown restrictions to be lifted, officials say testing has to be widened to find carriers who may have mild or no symptoms. The government said last week it would carry out mass rapid antibody tests, with 60,000 randomly chosen people to be tested over three weeks to gauge the spread of the virus. Governments have touted such tests as a way to determine if people have developed immunity through exposure to the coronavirus.

(With agency inputs)

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