Coronavirus infections in Spain increase by 18 % amid warning “The worst is yet to come”

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The number of people infected by COVID-19 in Spain soared past 13,700 on Wednesday with the number of deaths rising to 558, the health ministry said.

We have 13,716 cases in Spain, which is 2,538 more than yesterday, which implies an increase of 18 percent,” said the ministry’s emergencies coordinator Fernando Simon, indicating the number of deaths had risen by 67 over the same period.

Spain is the fourth worst-hit country in the world after China, Italy and Iran, with numbers rising rapidly despite an unprecedented national lockdown, with the government ordering its 46 million population to stay home.

Earlier, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warned that the virus had not yet peaked in Spain in an address to a nearly-empty parliament.

“The worst is yet to come, as our health system feels the impact of caring for such a huge number of infected people, as the days of isolation drag on, when we feel the economic impact” of the pandemic, he said.

“I am asking you to make sacrifices but I’m also calling for unity… it is what we have to do to save many lives.”

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