Spain now has the world’s second-highest tally of Covid-19 deaths

A handout photo made available by the Madrid's City Hall shows a medical biologist of Madrid Salud handles a swab to test a Madrid's regional police at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain, 25 March 2020. Madrid City Hall will test public workers after acquiring a total of 10,000 PCR tests. EPA-EFE/MADRID CITY HALL HANDOUT

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A total of 3,434 coronavirus patients have now have died in Spain – more than the recorded number of deaths in China where the outbreak began.

Spain now has the world’s second-highest tally of Covid-19 deaths after 738 more were reported on Wednesday, the country’s deadliest toll in one day.

With 3,434 coronavirus patients dead, Spain surpassed China’s toll of 3,285.

Infections in Spain rose 20% from a day earlier to 47,610.

Hotels in the country are being converted into hospitals and an ice rink in capital Madrid is being used as a temporary morgue to store bodies until they can be buried or cremated.

An investigation has begun after soldiers disinfecting nursing homes discovered elderly people living amid the corpses of suspected coronavirus victims.

The Spanish army has asked fellow NATO countries for coronavirus testing kits, ventilators and protective gear.

 

The country has said health care workers account for more than 14% of its infections.

On Wednesday, Spain’s parliament extended the country’s lockdown by prolonging a state of emergency until 11 April.

Italy still has the most deaths of any nation in the world at 7,503, with 683 deaths added to its total on Wednesday.

The number of confirmed cases in Italy stands at more than 74,000.

Read more via Sky News

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