A further 838 people have died from coronavirus in Spain, bringing the country’s death toll to 6,528.
The number of Covid-19 cases in the nation also rose by 6,549, bringing the total of infected people to 78,797. Spain has been among the countries worst hit by coronavirus, with the nation’s death toll overtaking China’s this week.
Authorities in Spain have since voted to extend emergency measures confining people in their homes except for essential trips for food, medicine and work.
A temporary morgue was also set up at an ice rink in Madrid, where health workers warn services are ‘collapsing’ due to the influx of patients lining hospital corridors.
Shocking footage from inside the Infanta Leonor Hospital and the Severo Ochoa de Leganes Hospital showed patients lying on the floor while hooked up to oxygen tanks as they waited to be seen by medical staff.
Javier Garcia, a representative for the General Union of Workers, had told how Severo Ochoa de Leganes Hospital’s emergency ward was at ‘three times’ its capacity, meaning many patients were left ‘without a bed, sitting on plastic chairs for more than 30 hours’.
He continued: ‘This morning I saw a person on the floor between two seats. Emotionally, this is terrible.’
The max capacity for Severo Ochoa de Leganes Hospital’s emergency ward is believed to be 80, but on Friday morning there were 240 patients in the facility.
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