MADRID — More health-care workers have been infected by the coronavirus in Spain than anywhere else in the world, according to a report released this week by the European Center for Disease Control.
Spanish health officials say that of the 205,905 coronavirus cases in the country, more than 37,103 — roughly 18 percent — are health-care workers. By comparison, the ECDC’s report says 10 percent of Italy’s cases and 3 percent of the U.S. cases have been medical professionals.
At least 37 health-care workers in Spain have died of COVID-19.
Spain’s Medical Colleges Organization decried the high prevalence of health-care workers among the total cases as evidence of the “absence of essential safety measures.”
“There haven’t been masks for workers. When they arrived, they were defective,” the regulating body said in a statement. “At this stage, there still aren’t tests for doctors and professionals. You can’t face an epidemic of this magnitude in these conditions.”
The news comes as Spain celebrates the second day that cured cases — 3,353 — outpaced the number of new infections — 2,944. Spain has reported a total of 223,759 cases, after eliminating antibody test results that it previously counted, and 22,902 deaths.
The national government on Saturday announced that starting Sunday, children under 14 will be allowed to leave their homes for the first time since March 15. They must be accompanied by an adult at all times, stay within 1 kilometer of their homes, and keep the outing to a maximum of an hour. They may not go to parks or playgrounds.