Spain's coronavirus death toll surges past 10,000

2 April 2020, 10:50 | Updated: 2 April 2020, 12:03

Spain's coronavirus death toll has surged past 10,000
Spain's coronavirus death toll has surged past 10,000. Picture: PA
Nick Hardinges

By Nick Hardinges

Spain's coronavirus death toll has surged past 10,000 after a further 950 people died in the space of 24 hours - a new worldwide daily record.

The total number of people to die in Spain after contracting Covid-19 now stands at 10,003.

Officials also reported a jump of more than 8,000 confirmed cases in a day, bringing the country's tally to 110,238.

However, the country's health ministry said data showed that the growth in infections is slowing as the daily rise stood at eight per cent.

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Prior to 25 March, the rate of contagion was at a daily average of 20 per cent, whereas it now stands at less than 12 per cent since that date.

But the Spanish government has recognised the daily rate of infection could be far higher as the country only has the capacity to do 15,000 to 20,000 tests per day.

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Spain recorded 8,000 confirmed cases in a day
Spain recorded 8,000 confirmed cases in a day. Picture: PA

Spain has been in a nationwide lockdown since 14 March, but intensive care units are thought to be at near-full capacity in a third of Spanish regions.

Some footage has shown patients being treated in corridors in two Madrid hospitals.

The Spanish capital has been hit hardest by the virus, reporting nearly 4,000 deaths and almost 30,000 cases.

Across the world, almost one million people have contracted coronavirus, while nearly 50,000 have died - 30,000 of those being in Europe.

In Italy, the country with the most deaths at roughly 13,000, mortuaries have been overflowing with bodies while coffins are piling up in churches.

However, experts have offered hope, saying the spread of the disease was slowing in the country.

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump announced he was sending $100 million of medical supplies to Italy.

Speaking at the daily press conference at the White House on Monday, the US President said he had spoken with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte over the phone.

"We're going to be sending approximately $100 million worth of things, of surgical and medical and hospital things to Italy," Mr added.

"And Giuseppe was very, very happy, I will tell you that, they're having a very hard time."

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