Spain extends emergency as coronavirus death toll overtakes China’s

Nellie Chapman
March 26, 2020

Spain surpassed China in COVID-19 deaths, total now 3,434, second to Italy.

As the number of confirmed cases worldwide soared past 450,000, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that only a concerted global effort can stop the spread of the virus.

The government said Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo had tested positive for coronavirus - the third cabinet member to be infected - but was doing well.

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.

By continent, Europe has listed 226,340 cases and 12,719 deaths to date, Asia 99,805 cases and 3,593 deaths, the United States and Canada together 57,304 cases with 624 deaths, the Middle East 32,118 cases and 2,119 deaths, Latin America and the Caribbean 7,337 cases with 118 deaths, Oceania 2,656 cases with nine deaths and Africa 2,382 cases with 64 deaths.

These figures bring Spain's death toll to 3,434.

The number of deaths in Iran crossed 2,000-mark.

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The government on Tuesday imposed a nationwide complete lockdown from 21-days with only essential personnel allowed to come out of their homes. China, in comparison, has registered 81,218 cases and 3,281 deaths.

A total of 21,283 deaths have now been reported in 182 countries and territories.

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

The Bank of Spain said on Wednesday that there had been severe disruption on the economy since early March and a sharp contraction in consumer spending.

The death toll in France from coronavirus is much higher than the daily government tally, which only accounts for those dying in hospitals, a senior French health official said on Wednesday.

The number of French deaths was up by 231 on Wednesday to more than 1,330, and metro and rail services in Paris were cut to a minimum.

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