Madrid reports first day without deaths, as Barcelona study suggests coronavirus in Spain last year

Written by on June 28, 2020

The region of Madrid has recorded it’s first day with no covid-19 related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

In a statement issued on social media, regional president Isabel Díaz Ayuso, announced that the death rate remained static on Sunday, saying it was “great news”.

Authorities however are cautiously optimistic, as the final data from the region has yet to be fully verified.

Meanwhile virologists from the University of Barcelona have said they found traces of the coronavirus in a sample of Barcelona waste water[icon name=”external-link” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] collected in March 2019, nine months before the COVID-19 disease was identified in China.

The team had been testing samples of waste water to help identify potential new outbreaks, and after identifying the virus in samples from January this year – over a month before the first reported case – they tested samples from 2018 and 2019.

The research has been submitted for a peer review.

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