Spain surpasses China in coronavirus deaths

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Italy is reporting 6,820 deaths from the viral respiratory disease - the most in the world, and more than double the 3,285 deaths reported in China.

Spain's confirmed COVID-19 cases have increased by nearly 8,000 over the past 24 hours, reaching 47,610, while the death toll has risen by over 700 to stand at 3,434.

The health ministry said on Wednesday that the number of reported deaths from the virus rose to 3,434 from 2,696 on Tuesday, the ministry said.

Prime Minister's announcement came two hours after the state entered the lockdown mode and there was not much of a panic buying after the announcement.

"(It's) an increase equivalent to the one we saw in the last days, and lower than the ones we were observing last week", said Fernando Simon, director of the Center for Coordination of Sanitation Emergencies, according to El Pais.

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"One of the forecasters said to me: 'We were looking at a freight train coming across the country, '" the governor said.

Even once the numbers crest, it would be "counterproductive" to think about relaxing restrictions soon, he added.

Spanish media reported that 23 residents of a Madrid retirement home had died from COVID-19 or symptoms related to the new virus, news reports said.

Spanish medical staff, who themselves account for thousands of infected cases, have taken out lawsuits against the government, complaining of the lack of basic protective equipment like masks, scrubs and gloves.

Across the planet, the grim COVID-19 toll mounted further, with more than 18,200 deaths and 405,000 declared infections, half of them in Europe, an Agence France-Presse tally showed. Overall, more than 100,000 have recovered. The confirmed cases in the country have risen on Wednesday to a total of 47,610, with 7,937 new infections, the Efe news agency reports. The death toll in Italy surpassed that of China last week as the infection overwhelmed its health system. Social distancing and hygiene have been emphasized more than ever while the state has also announced that it is ready with hospital beds and testing facilities if the situation gets any worse.

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