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Nearly 1,000 new #coronavirus cases in Spain in 24 hours: govt

Spain on Sunday reported some 2,000 new Covid-19 coronavirus cases and more than a hundred deaths over thesame perod of time, the latest spike in Europe’s second-most affected country after Italy.

The new figures raise Spain’s number of Covid-19 infections to 7,753 on Sunday– and its death toll to 288 – after the government imposed a near-total nationwide lockdown, banning people from leaving home except to go to work, get medical care or buy food. - AFP

Authorities in Madrid Monday further said the country recorded nearly 1000 new #coronavirus cases in Spain in 24 hours. Spanish health authorities said deaths from the coronavirus have been more than doubled in 24 hours, while total infections approached 9,000 on Monday.

Spain has registered nearly 1,000 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, raising the total number of cases to 8,744, the health ministry said on Monday. Over the same period, the number of deaths rose by nine to 297, the ministry’s emergency coordinator Fernando Simon said.

The figure for new cases was lower than weekend numbers when 2,000 infections were detected between Saturday and Sunday and the number of deaths rose by around 100.

Of the total number, Madrid remains the worst-affected region, with 4,665 cases. The jump comes a day after Spain's government declared a state of alarm and took extraordinary measures to limit movement to commuting to work and necessary errands.

In order to rein in the virus, Spain has declared a state of alert, shutting all but essential services and ordering its population of 46 million people to stay at home. People are only authorized to go out to buy food or medicine, to go to work or to get medical treatment.

It has also closed restaurants, bars, most retail shops and reduced public transport.

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