Spain's Death Toll Surpasses China, Second-Highest Globally Behind Italy

Clay Curtis
March 26, 2020

The announcement came a day after Spain's armed forces asked North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for humanitarian assistance to secure supplies to help curb the spread of the virus both in the military and in the civilian population.

738 people have died from Covid-19 in Spain in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 3,434.

The deaths came as Spain entered the 11th day of a lockdown to try and rein in the Covid-19 epidemic that has now infected more than 47,600 people, the Health Ministry said.

As of Wednesday, China has confirmed 3,285 deaths and 81,661 total infections, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Spain announced more than 700 new deaths from the coronavirus, surpassing the total number of fatalities in China.

As of Wednesday morning, New York City had recorded 192 deaths - almost 100 more than any other county or state in the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo, who has been in hospital since Monday, has tested positive for the virus and is improving, the government said.

Legislators are set to extend the country's lockdown for two more weeks, to April 12.

Shortage of COVID-19 protective gear at hospitals, care homes
She noted that "on the positive side, we now have 183 people who have fully recovered from COVID-19 in BC". Public health officials are providing staff support to implement outbreak protocols.

Germany has the fifth-largest number of infections in the world - well over 30,000 - but officials say relatively wide testing has picked up a lot of mild cases, and the death rate has been low compared with southern Europe.

Spain's public services are struggling to keep up with the rising number of cases.

Police officers clear hawkers from the streets of Eldoret in Kenya on March 25, 2020as a measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

This is likely to fall on deaf ears when the 27 leaders talk on Thursday - with northern members wary of pooling debt with big spenders - but they will sign off on an "unprecedented" recovery plan.

Nursing union SATSE said Madrid's hospitals were on "the verge of collapse" and needed urgent support, while a doctors' union said it had filed a lawsuit demanding protective equipment within 24 hours.

"Many of my colleagues were crying because there were people who are dying alone, without seeing their family for the last time".

Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed by Christians to house Christ's tomb, was shut as Israel tightened movement restrictions.

In all, 112,982 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered from the disease.

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