A health care staffer speaks on a mobile phone inside an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Hospital del Mar on April 15, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain [David Ramos/Getty Images]

Granada, Spain – For weeks, Spain has held the grim title of suffering the second-highest coronavirus death toll in Europe, trailing only Italy.

Displays of courage and resilience by beleaguered health workers, images of ice rinks used as emergency morgues, reports of bodies left abandoned in old people’s homes and of hospital staff resorting to rubbish bags and raincoats in a desperate bid to protect themselves and others now form part of the national consciousness.

And this is all since March 14.

But has some kind of corner been turned in Spain’s battle against

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