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The coronavirus death toll in Spain surged to 4,089 after 655 individuals died inside 24 hours, and the variety of confirmed cases rose to 56,188, the well being ministry stated on Thursday.
It was a 19 % enhance on figures launched Wednesday by the authorities in Spain, which has the world's second highest death toll from the illness after Italy.
Regardless of a nationwide lockdown imposed on March 14, which parliament on Thursday agreed to increase till April 11, each deaths and infections have continued to mount, with officers warning this week can be significantly dangerous.
However the rise within the variety of new deaths was smaller than that recorded on Wednesday when the determine rose by 738, or 27 %.
Well being authorities are hoping it should quickly change into clear whether or not the lockdown is having the specified impact.
The Madrid area has suffered the brunt of the epidemic with 17,166 infections – just below a 3rd of the full – and a couple of,090 deaths, or 51 % of the nationwide determine.
PM cites Spanish Civil Struggle to border present disaster
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, whose spouse is contaminated with the virus, has stated that is the nation's most tough second since its 1936-39 civil battle.
"Solely the oldest, who knew the hardships of the civil battle and its aftermath, can keep in mind collective conditions that had been harsher than the present one. The opposite generations in Spain have by no means, ever needed to face as a collective one thing so exhausting," he stated when he imposed the state of emergency on March 14.
Spain's demographics partly clarify why it has been one of many worst-affected nations. The nation has one of many longest life expectations in Europe and the pandemic has taken a excessive toll on its giant aged inhabitants, who're particularly susceptible to the illness.