A makeshift hospital for corona patients with 1350 beds in Madrid was ceremonially closed on Friday.
The closure was made possible thanks to the significant decrease in the number of corona infections in and around the Spanish capital.
The event is of great symbolic value for the badly hit Spain, which was told by the government on Tuesday how the emergency measures against the new coronavirus will look like next year.
In the field hospital, approximately 4,000 patients were treated, of whom only 17 died. The makeshift emergency hospital was thus called a ‘miracle hospital’ by the president of the regional government, Isabel Díaz Ayuso. On a previous visit, King Felipe called it “a place of hope for the morale of all Spain”.
The hospital, which also had sixteen intensive care beds, was set up in two days at the end of March in the Madrid conference centre Ifema. There was another UN climate summit there in December.
The health care system in the Madrid region is being reformed so that such an emergency hospital will no longer have to be reconstructed should the epidemic flare up again in the autumn.
The official number of deceased carriers of the new coronavirus in Spain has stood at 24,824 since Friday.
Spain is the second hardest-hit country in terms of contamination and the third hardest-hit country in terms of the death toll, according to the Worldometer website.