Spain's virus toll shoots past 1,300 with 233 new deaths

By: AFP      Published: 06:58 PM, 21 Mar, 2020
Spain's virus toll shoots past 1,300 with 233 new deaths
Members of the NBQ company (nuclear, bacteriological and chemical) of the 'Guadarrama XII' Brigade carry out a general disinfection at the Nuevos Ministerios Metro Station in Madrid on March 20, 2020. AFP

Spain on Saturday reported a 32 percent spike in new deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the country total to 1,326 fatalities, the second highest in Europe after Italy.

Spain reported 233 new deaths on Saturday. The number of infections across the country also shot up to 24,926, the health ministry said in a statement. The capital Madrid remains the hardest hit in the country, according to the tally reported by the ministry.

The new numbers follow a fresh spike in both deaths and infections on Friday. Spain has issued lockdown orders for some 46 million people who are only permitted to leave their homes for essential work, food shopping, medical reasons or to walk the dog.

Italy is Europe's worst affected country in terms of death toll, followed by Spain and France.

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