MADRID, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Spanish health authorities on Thursday confirmed further decreases in the numbers of new deaths and cases of COVID-19 infection.
Forty-eight people had died of COVID-19 in the 24-hour period from midnight on Tuesday to midnight on Wednesday, down from the 95 deaths reported in the previous 24-hour span, taking the death toll in Spain to 27,940.
It is the fifth consecutive day that the daily death toll has been below 100. It was also the lowest daily reading since the State of Alarm was introduced in Spain on March 15, but the figure has to be viewed with caution as it doesn't include Catalonia, due to problems of validating data in the region.
There was also a drop in the number of new cases. The health ministry reported 344 new infections in Spain, compared to 416 new cases in the previous 24-hour span, which raised the total number of confirmed cases to 233,037.