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The epidemic killed more than 45,000 in Spain between March and May

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During the first three months of the pandemic, between March and May, more than 45,000 people died of Covid-19 in Spain, estimates the National Institute of Statistics (INE) in a report published this Thursday, or 18,000 more than the official report provided by the authorities.

This total of 45,684 deaths includes both those for which the virus has been identified with certainty as the cause (32,652) of death and those for which the Covid-19 is suspected to be at the origin due to of “symptoms compatible with the disease”, explains the INE.

A different calculation method

The official death toll provided by the Ministry of Health for these three months is slightly over 27,000. The INE estimate is therefore 68% higher than the government’s official balance sheet. The total number of victims in Spain was 47,019 dead on Wednesday evening, making this country the fourth with the most deaths from Covid-19 in Europe after the United Kingdom, Italy and France.

The Ministry of Health has hinted in the past that the actual number of pandemic victims was arguably higher than the figure it provides daily, the latter only taking into account people for whom the coronavirus has been clearly identified as the cause of death. Regarding the number of cases, it was Wednesday evening 1,712,101 cases, but it is, again, admitted that the real number of infected people is significantly higher. The head of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez, had himself indicated on October 23 that “the real number of people infected (already exceeded) three million” in Spain.

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