More than half of Spanish businesses reopen after closing at height of pandemic

FILE PHOTO: People sunbathe and swim on El Arenal beach, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Palma de Mallorca, Spain August 15, 2020. REUTERS / Enrique Calvo

(Reuters) – More than half of Spanish businesses that closed during the height of the coronavirus pandemic have reopened, according to government data released on Saturday, suggesting the economy is slowly recovering.

The number of companies registered to pay social security at the end of July was 1,282,346, according to figures from the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, or 91,240 companies less than in February before the government won’t impose a strict lockdown in an attempt to contain COVID. -19.

However, statistics have shown that since the easing of the lockdown began in May, 49,159 companies have registered with the government.

That’s just over half the number that closed when the pandemic was at its peak in March and April.

The most affected sectors of the economy between February and July were education, where 22.6% of businesses closed, and agriculture and fishing, where 15.2% of businesses went out of business, according to government data.

The number of COVID-19 cases has been steadily increasing since the lockdown ended in June.

Spain has diagnosed 3,650 coronavirus infections, the health ministry said on Friday, bringing the cumulative total to 386,054. The death toll was 28,838.

Reporting by Graham Keeley; Editing by James Drummond