Spanish health officials announced on Saturday that 5,690 people have now died from the coronavirus in the Mediterranean country and a total of 72,248 people have contracted the illness, Europe News reported.
Spain has the world’s second-highest death toll after Italy. The country went into lockdown on March 14 with the measures set to stay in place until at least April 11, but the numbers have continued to grow, with a worrying rise in cases among healthcare personnel.
In order to increase its human resources, Spain has recruited 50,000 medical students and retired doctors and nurses, and on Friday announced it had also taken on 200 foreign medical professionals living in Spain.
Spanish biologist José Antonio López Guerrero told Spanish broadcaster La Sexta that he estimates that there are probably 10-15 times more cases than the confirmed figures.
The surge in numbers has also brought the medical system to the brink of collapse.
The COVID-19 is currently affecting nearly 200 countries and territories across the globe. It has so far affected more than 610,000 people and killed over 28,000. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic.