Spanish medics demand safety as loss of life toll overtakes China’s


Madrid, Spain – Spain now has the world’s second-highest tally of coronavirus deaths after Italy, surpassing the variety of lifeless in China, well being authorities stated on Wednesday.

The quantity of people that have misplaced their lives due to the an infection in Spain has reached 3,434, in contrast with 3,285 in China.

Italy nonetheless has the grim distinction of holding the very best depend, at 6,820.


Spanish well being authorities stated on Wednesday that 738 extra folks had died prior to now 24 hours, the biggest leap in deaths in sooner or later because the outbreak began.

The variety of infections additionally rose by 20 %, to 47,610.

The information got here because the Spanish Confederation of Medical Unions (CESM) offered a authorized demand to Spain’s Supreme Court asking the well being ministry to supply ample protecting gear as quickly as attainable.

CESM alleged the ministry had to date failed to supply skilled well being employees with ample safety to hold out their work in a way which reduces the danger of catching coronavirus.

The criticism alleged that the ministry violated a World Health Organization advice which acknowledged that medical doctors and nurses and different auxiliary employees ought to have the ability to perform their duties with sufficient safety with out turning into unwell.

The Supreme Court responded on Wednesday, throwing out the problem, saying the well being ministry was doing every little thing attainable in an emergency state of affairs to make sure the protection of employees.

Medics in different European nations, together with Italy and the United Kingdom, have made related allegations in current weeks.

Protecting well being employees

In a separate case in Madrid, a decide sitting in an area courtroom ordered the regional authorities to supply ample protecting gear for well being employees within the Spanish capital inside 24 hours.

That order got here after the Association of Medical Staff of Madrid launched a authorized criticism towards the Madrid regional authorities, which is chargeable for offering healthcare.

Health authorities should now present impermeable coats, protecting masks, glasses and huge containers to eliminate contaminated materials.

In a authorized order seen by Al Jazeera, the decide stated the well being authorities “had a legal obligation” to guard medical doctors, nurses and different workers.

“This order implies the obligation to protective clothing so that [staff] can carry out their work in conditions of minimum security,” the judicial order states.

“Authorities are obliged to deliver immediately within 24 hours these protective measures, so that doctors or health workers can carry out their work in a way in which they can avoid risk of contagion.”

Such a ruling is critical, stated well being employees.

“All the medical staff are complaining they have not got enough protective equipment. We need to make sure they are properly protected as soon as possible,” Tomas Toranzo, president of CESM, informed Al Jazeera.

Dr Natalia Silva, who works on the San Juan de Deu Hospital near Barcelona, stated their workers had been pressured to make use of masks which didn’t provide ample safety.

“We have to wear masks which we should throw away once they have been used once. Instead, we have to wear them for days. We have also protective glasses that do not fit and we have to pass them around from one doctor to another,” she informed Al Jazeera.

Across Spain, folks have been rallying to help well being employees by making masks or protecting gear.

The Bon Soleil faculty near Barcelona was utilizing its 3D printer to make reusable protecting masks and urging mother and father to make protecting put on for medical doctors out of refuse liners or previous plastic luggage.

Inditex, the Spanish high-street trend big, has additionally began producing protecting masks.