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Spain deployed 2,000 troops to control corona outbreaks

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After weeks of infection, Spain is the country in Europe with the most new cases per capita.

Corona infection has risen sharply in Spain in recent weeks.

Therefore, the government will now deploy 2,000 soldiers to help bring the infection under control in the country. It writes the news agency AP.

The Spanish Prime Minister , Pedro Sánchez, calls the development in the country “worrying”, but stresses that the country is far from in the same situation as in mid-March, when the country went into a shutdown that ended up lasting three months.

What we need now is a stronger response to the threat we face, the Prime Minister said at a press conference yesterday.

The soldiers must help with the tracing of people who have been in contact with infected people. According to experts, contact tracing has been Spain’s biggest challenge when the infection spread during the spring.

The Prime Minister has offered to the 2,000 soldiers to the country’s total of 17 regions . In Spain, it is primarily the regions themselves that have to control the spread of infection.

Explosive increase in infection

In recent weeks, Spain has seen a large increase in the number of people infected with covid-19. The country currently has Europe’s highest infection rate per capita with around 175 new infections per 100,000 population in the last 14 days.

The infection is spreading throughout the country, but has increased particularly in the areas around the capital Madrid, in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia and in the Balearic Islands, which include the popular holiday island of Mallorca.

Every day, several new local and regional outbreaks appear in the country, where millions of schoolchildren can look forward to returning to school in a few days.

Therefore , the Prime Minister also warned that a state of emergency could be introduced at the regional level if the infection continues to spread.

At least 28,972 people have died with covid-19 in Spain since February. However, the number may be higher as there were many who were not tested after their death in the spring.

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