Spain’s death toll surges past 1,000

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At least 1,000 people have now died in Spain from the coronavirus, while the total number of infections in the country has reached almost 20,000.

The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has also risen in the last 24 hours to more than 3,400, overtaking the total number of deaths so far registered in China, officials said.

The latest statistics from the country’s health ministry showed 19,980 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across the country.

More than a third of the documented cases are in Madrid. On Friday army specialists were set to begin entering care homes to help with disinfection after the virus claimed more than 50 lives at elderly care facilities across the region.



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