Spain surpasses China in coronavirus deaths

Elias Hubbard
March 26, 2020

Here, a member of the Emergency Military Unit disinfects buildings in Getafe.

Spain is now reporting more than 3,400 COVID-19 deaths, making it the second European country with a death toll higher than in China, where the new coronavirus was first detected in late 2019.

China has almost double the number of infections as Spain, but a similar death toll.

More than three billion people are living under lockdown measures as soaring death tolls in Europe and the USA on Wednesday underlined a United Nations warning that the coronavirus pandemic threatens all of humanity.

Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo, who has been in hospital since Monday, has tested positive for the virus and is improving, the government said. Italy has around 62 million people, according to the most recent CIA World Factbook data, similar to Hubei's almost 60 million residents. By comparison, Spain has just 50 million people.

More than 447,030 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed in 182 countries and territories since the start of the pandemic.

The number infected in Spain has increased 20 percent in the last 24 hours, amounting to 47.610 people.

And what doesn't make the figures read any better is the death toll suffered by Spain in the last 24 hours, which at 738 is a record spike for 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.

To address the shortages, Health Minister Salvador Illa said the government had inked a major deal with China.

The government on Tuesday imposed a nationwide complete lockdown from 21-days with only essential personnel allowed to come out of their homes.

Deaths linked to COVID-19 in the United States now total more than 800, including almost 200 in New York City alone, according to a database kept by Johns Hopkins.

In China, where the virus emerged late past year, the COVID-19 epidemic has claimed 3,281 lives. "Some centers have already reported dozens of deaths".

Broad avenues in Madrid and Barcelona were virtually deserted, as were towns and villages across Spain, while fire engines and tractors sprayed disinfectant to clean streets.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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