Spain reached another grim milestone on Saturday as the Health Ministry reported there have been 20,043 deaths due to Coronavirus in Spain. The figure was 565 deaths in the past 24 hours.

Another cause for concern was the fact that the curve downwards does not seem to be continuing. Over the past few days the number of fatalities has been 551 on Thursday, 523 on Wednesday, 567 on Tuesday and 517 on Monday.

The fact that the numbers are not falling makes is likely that Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will push for a continuation of the current lockdown until May 10, almost two months since the State of Alarm began on March 14.

On Saturday morning Fernando Simón, director of the Health Ministry’s Coordination Centre for Health Alerts, and Science Minister Pedro Duque answered questions from children about the coronavirus crisis, during a televised conversation broadcast.“For children to get back on the streets, we need a sufficiently small number of new daily cases so that the epidemic does not explode once more, and the sick and the health system is not placed back in danger,” explained Simón in response to the concerns that many have of the length of time Spanish children have been forced to stay indoors.