Delays Preparing for Coronavirus Spike Push Spain’s Health Services to the Brink

BARCELONA—In Spain, the country with the world’s second-highest death toll from the new coronavirus, the pandemic is leaving health services on the brink. Infected patients are left for days in wheelchairs because there are no beds, and protective equipment for medical personnel is so scarce that some are fashioning gowns out of garbage bags.

Over the past two weeks, Spain has suffered one of the fastest-growing outbreaks of the coronavirus. That has caught its health sector largely unprepared, say medical personnel, echoing…

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