A German study concludes how many lives were saved by the first confinement in Spain

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, 1.5 million cases and 41,253 deaths have been registered in Spain. The maximum peak of daily contagions It has occurred in this second wave, on October 30, when in just 24 hours 25,595 new cases of Covid-19 were added. Now, a study by the Leibniz Institute of Financial Research (SAFE) has quantified how many people were saved by the first confinement in Spain.

The lives that have been saved with the State of Alarm in Spain

On March 14, 2020, the first State of Alarm was declared in our country. According to this research, confinement saved the lives of about 4,000 people since in the first two months the number of infections was reduced by 16%. If the State of Alarm had not been declared in mid-March, by May 14 the death toll from the coronavirus would have risen to 31,000 people, while the official figure on that date is 27,000 deaths.

However, the authors point out that, if the Government had applied the restrictions earlier, the number of victims from Covid-19 would be notably lower. The economist Alexander Ludwig, one of those responsible for the study, explains that if the confinement in Spain had been applied a week earlier, the effectiveness of the measures would have been greater.

To reach this conclusion, they have compared the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic in the different regions of Spain. In the territories that in mid-March were in a more initial state, the measures were more effective than in those in which the coronavirus was more widespread.

Experts have concluded that strict measures need to be applied early to save more lives. They consider that the basic pillars to stop the spread of the coronavirus are three: restricting contacts, partially closing educational and economic activity, and complying with hygiene measures.

Countries with the most cases of Covid-19

Since the pandemic began, the coronavirus has already infected more than 55 million people worldwide, and 1.3 million have died. The most affected country is the US, where the number of infections already rises to 11.2 million and the death toll is 247,000. India follows, with 8.8 million cases and more than 166,000 fatalities.

In Europe, France and Russia they are the countries most affected by number of cases, with more than 1.9 million respectively. Spain is the third country in the world with the most deaths from coronavirus by number of inhabitants.

The first cases in our country were detected in February. In a matter of weeks the virus spread throughout the national territory, and on March 14, the first confinement in Spain, which lasted until June 21.