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Spain daily virus deaths rise to 743 after drop

Global death toll from #coronavirus tops 75,000: AFP tally

Philippines reports 14 new coronavirus deaths


(AFP) Spain''s daily coronavirus death rate shot up to 743 on Tuesday after falling for four straight days, lifting the total toll to 13,798, the health ministry said as the global death toll from the pandemic now surpassed 75,000, according to an AFP tally.

The number of new infections in the world''s second hardest-hit country after Italy also grew at a faster pace, rising 4.1 per cent to 140,510, Spanish heath ministry added.

The number of new cases had risen by 3.3 percent on Monday.

Health ministry officials have said deaths occurring on the weekend are often registered a few days later, which may explain the rise.

Meanwhile, the Philippines' health ministry reported 14 new coronavirus deaths and 104 additional infections.

Philippines' virus deaths have reached 177 and total cases 3,764, Health Secretary Francisco Duque told a news conference.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier in the day extended to the end of April strict quarantine measures on the country's main island implemented to contain the outbreak.

In America, the US death toll from the novel coronavirus topped 10,000 as of  Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University statistics.

The US has the third-highest number of reported deaths from the disease in the world, only exceeded by Italy with 15,887 and Spain with 13,055.

White House medical experts have forecast that between 100,000 to 240,000 Americans could die as a result of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, even if sweeping orders to stay home are followed.

(AFP)

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