Spain registers more than 700 deaths from coronavirus

French tenor singer Stephane Senechal sings from his apartment window in Paris

French tenor singer Stephane Senechal sings from his apartment window in Paris

Spain has now recorded the second highest number of deaths behind Italy, where, in the latest official count, 6,820 had died from COVID-19.

Spain has now surpassed China in its number of fatalities due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Johns Hopkins University database put the number of deaths in Iran at 2,077 with the total number of confirmed cases at 27,017.

Similarly, the Spanish army has asked its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners for coronavirus testing kits, ventilators and protective gear as part of the alliance's global assistance arrangements, Spanish Armed Forces Chief Miguel Villarroya said.

Since 1900 GMT Tuesday, Cameroon and Niger have announced their first deaths while Libya, Laos, Belize, Grenada, Mali and Dominica reported their first cases.

It recorded 738 deaths in 24 hours, the most casualties in a single day since the outbreak began.

Louisiana has also emerged as a hot spot for the virus in the United States.

Coronavirus infection has so far been confirmed in more than 434.000 people worldwide, out of which, more than 19.600 have died.

COVID-19: Messi donates 1m euros to Barcelona hospital
Lionel Messi has been thanked by a Barcelona hospital after making a donation to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. The hospital said in a tweet: "The clinic has received a donation from Leo Messi to face the Covid-19".

In recent days, the governors of at least 18 states have issued stay-at-home directives affecting about half the nation's population.

Spanish public services are struggling to contain the virus from spreading.

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

Although China has the most confirmed cases with more than 81,600, Italy recorded the most deaths with 7,503 fatalities in almost 69,200 cases.

Spain is now on its 11th day of a nationwide lockdown.

Crowds jammed trains and buses in the province as people took their first opportunity to travel.

Spain has signed a multi-million-euro contract with China to acquire medical supplies to fight the coronavirus epidemic, Health Minister Salvador Illa said Wednesday.

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