No new Covid-19 related deaths in Catalonia in past 24 hours

156 new confirmed coronavirus cases but number of deceased reported by funeral homes on Wednesday equals that of Tuesday

Healthcare workers perform a coronavirus test in one of Catalonia's primary care centers (by Marina López)
Healthcare workers perform a coronavirus test in one of Catalonia's primary care centers (by Marina López) / ACN

ACN | Barcelona

June 24, 2020 02:20 PM

For the first time since March, Catalonia has reported no new deaths from Covid-19 in Catalonia in the last day, according to the latest figures released by the department of health. 

This means that the overall number of deaths related to Covid-19 remains at 12,523. 

In addition, 156 new positive cases were detected (73 more than the previous day) and the total figure rises to 70,773. 

Over the past few months, Catalan health authorities have been providing data on the number of deaths per day in medical centers as well as the numbers reported in funeral homes

The numbers of deaths reported by funeral homes tended to always be higher than the numbers of deaths recorded in medical centers, as funeral homes counted not only deaths that took place in medical centers, but also those in homes, care homes, and anywhere else where the patient was either confirmed to have or suspected to have Covid-19. 

As such, the numbers provided on June 24, counting the past 24 hours, have shown no new deaths reported by either funeral homes or in medical centers. 

New Covid-19 related deaths reported by funeral homes, last updated June 24, 14:38: 

The positive news will be very welcome for all in Catalonia, as the country celebrates a bank holiday for Sant Joan on Wednesday. The night before saw bonfires, fireworks, and plenty of food and drink for one of the country’s biggest nocturnal festivals celebrated in a very atypical way.

Catalonia’s lockdown ended over the weekend, as the Catalan government ended Phase 3 of the de-escalation process on the same day that the last health regions entered this phase. 

This was due to the fact that in Phase 3 of the lockdown easing plan, regional governments regained control over key public services, and as such, the Catalan authorities took Catalonia out of the centralized de-escalation plan and imposed its own measures to control the coronavirus.