By Chris Pleasance for MailOnline
MADRID — Spain reported zero new deaths from coronavirus on Tuesday, the second straight day where officials claimed to have suffered no fatalities.
The country also reported that 137 new cases of the virus had been diagnosed in the previous 24 hours.
Both daily totals have fallen sharply since Spain changed the way it tallies figures amid accusations, they are now unreliable.
The country’s old daily totals included all cases entered into government databases in the last 24 hours, regardless of when the actual infection or death occurred.
This is how most world countries have been reporting their data.
But Spain now only counts cases and deaths in its daily figures where the person fell sick or died within 36 hours of the report being published.
The new reporting method has caused discrepancies with Spain’s totals.
For example, the country claims to have suffered just 208 cases in the last 48 hours but its infection total has moved up by 503.
That is because the extra 295 cases have been back-dated to different days. Spain does not say as part of its daily briefing when these cases occurred.
Spain has also stopped publishing a daily death toll, though is continuing to publish its overall total – which has remained unchanged for the last 48 hours.
Instead it is publishing ‘deaths in the last seven days’, which stands at 34.
There is no way to tell exactly when in the last seven days these deaths occurred from the daily bulletin, or whether the figure has moved up or down day-to-day. (ia/MailOnline)