Coronavirus Tightens Grip on Spain with nearly 800 Deaths Overnight

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The Spanish coronavirus death toll rose by as hit 4,858 after 769 people died from the disease overnight.

It marks a new record in the number of fatalities recorded in 24 hours as the country’s healthcare system struggles to cope with the pandemic. More people have now been killed by Coronavirus Covid-19 in Spain than the outbreak’s original epicentre of China.

The total number of official cases rose to 64,059 from 56,188 yesterday after the Spanish Parliament voted to extend emergency measures confining people in their homes except for essential trips for food, medicine and work.

A temporary morgue has been set up at an ice rink in Madrid, where health workers warn services are ‘collapsing’ due to the influx of patients lining hospital corridors.

A civil defence worker in Spain helping with the coronavirus epidemic
A Civil Defence member stands next to a Red Cross ambulance outside the Severo Ochoa hospital in Leganes (Picture: AFP/Getty)

The only country with a higher death toll is in Italy, which has recorded 8,165 fatalities. It comes after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Europe the new ‘epicentre of the pandemic’, with more daily deaths and cases recorded in the continent than anywhere else.

But the United States now has the largest number of cases in the world and could soon become the new hub of the pandemic.


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