Spain has reported its second death resulting from Coronavirus (COVID-19) today. The victim was an 82-year-old man from Bizkaia who had pneumonia and tested positive for the virus. The total Coronavirus count in Spain now exceeds 220 cases, according to the Ministry of Health. Three of those cases now involve young children – two in Castilla-La Mancha and one in Madrid.
Valencia’s Health Department is now also investigating whether two other pneumonia-related deaths also had the virus, as was the case with the first Coronavirus death in Spain. It was thought the first victim died from pneumonia on 13th February, but post-mortem results revealed he tested positive for the virus. This could potentially raise the number of deaths from the Coronavirus in Spain to four. According to Fernando Simón, Director of Spain’s Emergency Health Care, seven of the infected are in intensive care, and 14 are health professionals.
Elsewhere around the world today, the Italian government has announced the closure of schools and universities across the country until the 15th March. Italy has also confirmed that more than 3,000 people in the country are infected with the virus, and the current death toll from COVID-19 stands at 107. Coronavirus-related deaths in China now exceed 3,000, 92 in Iran and 32 in South Korea.