SPAIN’S emergency health chief is fearing a second coronavirus wave as the national death toll has risen above 200 for the first time in nearly a week.
Head of health emergencies, Fernando Simon, said the reasons for the rise were unclear, though half of the deaths were recorded in the Catalonia region in the north-east of the country.
“We are now working with the region to identify the date of the deaths and evaluate whether these are new fatalities or if there was a delay in the update,” Simon said.
Last week Spain’s army produced a report that said that a second wave of Covid-19 was inevitable, but it would not be as severe as the first strike as the country would be better prepared and that a number of people would be immune.
Today (May 14) Simon warned about a second wave, after a nationwide antibody survey showed about 5 per cent of the population had contracted the virus.
It means that the well-touted concept of ‘herd immunity’ just does not come into play, even though over two million people had contracted the coronavirus in Spain.