MADRID — Spain’s confirmed coronavirus death toll surpassed 10,000 on Thursday, with 950 new fatalities within 24 hours, marking the deadliest day in the outbreak that has cost the country at least 10,003 lives.
The number of confirmed cases in Spain increased by 8,102, reaching a total of 110,238 cases. But the caseload continued to grow at a slower pace than last week, and health officials hope that a nationwide lockdown is having an impact.
Twenty days into the confinement measures, however, the economic fallout is mounting. Spanish Labor Minister Yolanda Díaz said Thursday there has been an “exceptional” month-on-month rise in unemployment, with 302,265 new jobless due to the nationwide lockdown measures adopted in mid-March.
The number is not historic “in terms of the number of unemployed, but in the monthly increase,” Díaz said. “We have registered 3.5 million people receiving unemployment compensation.”
The minister said the service industry is the worst-hit sector, with 206,016 newly unemployed people, followed by the construction sector, with unemployment up 22.92 percent, and the agriculture sector, up 4.26 percent.
Social Security Minister José Luis Escrivá confirmed that Spain has lost nearly 900,000 people paying into the system in one month, ending March with 18.4 million affiliated entities.
“We are in an absolutely exceptional situation,” Díaz said. “The month of March, until March 13, proceeded normally. From the 13th, we observe a daily increase in the unemployment figures. The virus isn’t having a specific impact on women, but structurally the labor market is slowing in general. There are 2 million unemployed women.”
Noack reported from Berlin.