Spain: Actual number of ‘beyond 3M’ infections

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Spain’s prime minister Friday said the real number of coronavirus infections in Spain is “beyond 3 million.”

Although the country has been detecting a record number of daily cases – nearly 21,000 on Thursday alone – Pedro Sanchez said the increase is due to more testing now than during the first wave.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Spain was reporting fewer than 10% of cases, whereas now around seven out of 10 are detected, he said in a televised speech.

A study looking at antibodies against the coronavirus, published in June, found that around 5.2% of Spain’s population – around 2.4 million people – were infected during the first wave. The number of confirmed cases at that time was just around 240,000.

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