At least 1,000 people have died in Spain after a new outbreak of the Zika-linked virus was discovered, with the death toll set to rise further after tests from a hospital revealed the presence of the virus in the blood of one of the infected people.
The first cases of Zika were reported in Brazil last month, but it was only after it was confirmed in the Netherlands that the virus had reached Spain, with fears of a possible pandemic in Europe now becoming a reality.
The country’s health ministry said the number of confirmed cases of the disease in Spain had now surpassed 1,800, including 1,890 deaths.
“It’s an extraordinary day in Spain, a country that is renowned for its care and compassion,” Health Minister Joan Carlos said.
The latest cases of suspected Zika cases in Spain come as officials continue to work to contain the spread of the coronavirus that has killed thousands of people across the world, but has not yet spread to the United States.
Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called for a national lockdown in order to contain public health risks to the country’s population and said the virus may spread from Brazil.
The Catalan government said it was sending 2,000 workers from Spain to the US and Europe to help fight the virus.
“The health ministry has been asked to send an additional 1,200 healthcare workers to the U.S. and Europe,” the regional government said in a statement.
The outbreak in the Spanish capital Madrid came just days after the government warned of a “dramatic increase” in the number and types of infections in Madrid.
At least 10 people have been diagnosed with the virus, and it is feared that at least 20 people may die of the infection before it is fully contained.
It is also thought the virus could be spreading to the UK and Australia, with Health Secretary Andrew Lansley calling it a “potential threat” to public health.
The head of Spain’s public health authority has urged people to stay home while the country remains on high alert and has warned of the risk of a new coronaviruses pandemic.
Health Minister Joan Josep Lluís Trapero told Spanish media that the outbreak in Madrid was a “very significant” one and warned of “a huge risk” of further spread.
“I am very concerned because it’s not a small risk and it’s a very big risk,” he said.
He said that the government was doing everything to control the virus as well as its spread.
The virus has also been found in a number of European countries, including Belgium, the Netherlands and France.
Lluís said the outbreak would continue until there was “no more risk” in Spain.
The government has said the spread and the number killed will be assessed by the end of the month.
The United States has said it is “monitoring closely” the health of people living in areas that are in the Zika zone.
But US President Donald Trump said the country is not ready to start deploying troops to fight the epidemic.
“We don’t know if we will get there.
We’re not prepared to deploy our military, but we will have to make sure that we do so,” he told Fox News.