According to official figures released on Sunday by the Spanish Health Ministry, a total of 6,528 people in the country have now died from the coronavirus, with 838 new deaths in the last 24 hours. Registered infections of the SARS-CoV-2 virus now stand at 78,797, with 4,907 people in intensive care units (ICUs) across Spain. Some 14,709 patients have recovered from the Covid-19 disease and have been released from hospital care.
The figure of 838 deaths in the last 24 hours is the highest day-on-day increase seen so far during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. On Saturday the Health Ministry announced that there had been 832 deaths, and on Friday the figure was 769.
On Sunday morning, the Cabinet meeting at which this new plan is due to be approved got underway. Opposition parties have said that they support the stricter measures, but criticised the government for its response to the crisis.