Spain overtakes China in Covid-19 deaths, rising to second worldwide

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Spain overtakes China in Covid-19 deaths, rising to second worldwide

Spain overtakes China toll with 3,434 deaths

Spain has recorded 3,434 deaths from coronavirus, the health ministry announced Wednesday – making it the country with the second highest death toll in the world.

Spain's coronavirus death toll overtook that of China on Wednesday, rising to 3,434 after 738 people died over the past 24 hours, the government said.

The spiraling number of deaths came as Spain entered the 11th day of an unprecedented lockdown to try and rein in the coronavirus epidemic that has now infected 47,610 people, the health ministry said.

That’s an increase of over 27% on Tuesday’s figures. The country now has 47,610 cases in total. 

In China, where the outbreak began, 3,281 people have died, according to its National Health Commission.

 

Italy has the highest death toll in the world at 6,820, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

A top Spanish health official, Fernando Simon, said Wednesday that he expects the number of Covid-19 cases to continue increasing in the coming days, despite having said earlier this week that he expected infections to peak soon.

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