The latest data from the Ministry of Health is starting to show promising signs that the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic may be starting to slow.
Yesterday another 252 deaths were confirmed, bringing the official number of lives lost to COVID-19 in Spain to 42,291.
New infections were up slightly from Wednesday with more than 16,200 new confirmed cases, yet they are down by more than 3,000 compared to last Thursday and around 5,000 less than the daily surge two weeks ago.
Meanwhile Catalan authorities have said that they will allow bars, restaurants, gyms and cinemas to reopen from Monday, gradually easing some of the restrictions, although a curfew from 10pm to 6am remains.
Gatherings of up to ten people will be allowed from 21 December, enabling larger groups to celebrate Christmas and New Year together, the regional government said.