Spain coronavirus death toll tops 4,000


Spain’s coronavirus death toll surged above 4,000 on Thursday but the increase in both fatalities and new infections slowed, leaving officials hopeful a nationwide lockdown is starting to curb the spread of the disease.

A total of 655 deaths were recorded in the country in the last 24 hours, bringing the toll to 4,089, the health ministry said.

That however was a 19 percent increase compared with Wednesday when deaths jumped 738 or 27 percent.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose 18 percent to 56,188, the health ministry said.

On Wednesday, the increase in cases was about 20 percent.

Spain currently has the world’s second highest death toll from the disease after Italy.

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