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2 further Covid outbreaks predicted by Spanish Army

Sat 9th May 2020
2 further Covid outbreaks predicted by Spanish Army

According to The Associated Press, Spain is predicting a further 2 outbreaks of coronavirus.

The cited document by the Spanish Military estimates “two more waves of the epidemic” and that the country will take “between a year and a year-and-a-half to return to normality.”

“There will be a second wave of COVID-19” in the autumn or winter the army report said, adding that it will be less serious than the initial outbreak due to higher immunity in the population and better preparations.

It went on to say how a “possible third wave would be greatly weakened” in 2021 if there is a vaccine available.

The Military document created was to forecast spread of the pandemic, which it can share with civilian authorities, however the government has its own experts who will make the final decisions on health policy, taking into account the opinion of other institutions and outside experts.

PM Pedro Sánchez has warned that he considers it was likely that the virus will make comebacks until a vaccine is developed.

Health officials are undertaking epidemiological surveys to determine the extent of the contagion, including the several thousand people who have been mildly ill with cough and high fever but never been tested in a hospital. There are also believed to be thousands more who were infected but never showed symptoms. On Friday, the health ministry said that medical workers had taken blood samples from over 46,000 people over the first week of the survey. It plans to test 60,000-90,000 overall.

More than 26,000 Spaniards are now known to have died from the COVID-19 virus. Spain has finally taken control over the outbreak which has infected a confirmed 260,177 people in the country and is now easing restrictions to activate its battered economy.

The Military has played a major role in combating the virus under the nation’s state of emergency established in mid-March. Thousands of soldiers and military medics have deployed to set up field hospitals, disinfect nursing homes and transport hubs, and transport patients between hospitals and corpses to morgues.

On considering steps to prepare for the coming months, the army report said “it would be extremely important” to develop a contact tracing method using mobile phone applications. Spain so far has not done that and is relying on a local network of public health clinics to monitor future cases.

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