Spain Overtakes China In COVID-19 Cases

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Spain overtook China for the number of confirmed coronavirus cases reporting a total of 85,195 cases on Monday.

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A new daily total of 812 deaths was a slight decrease on Sunday’s record of 838, bringing the overall number of fatalities to 7,340.

Spain joins Italy and the US with over 85,000 infections.

At midday on Monday a minute’s silence was held in a central Madrid square for the victims.

The news came as Spain put into effect tighter lockdown measures approved by the government. Announced over the weekend by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in the latest attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, they were approved at an extraordinary cabinet meeting on Sunday.

All non-essential workers are being confined to their homes from Monday until April 9, a further restriction on top of the constraints already imposed under the state of alarm declared on March 14.

Only people working in sectors assuring basic state functions such as health, security, energy, telecommunications, food and medical supplies can go out to work.

In Italy there was some encouraging news as the daily death toll — at 756 on Sunday — fell for the third day running.

“These are big changes, in order of 10-15% per day, and are reflecting the fact that the health system is answering back and of the efficacy of the measures taken,” said pulmonologist and government adviser Luca Richeldi.

Meanwhile in the UK a health chief in England warned that it could be six months before life returns to normal.

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