Spain surpasses China in coronavirus deaths as toll hits 3,434

Cheryl Sanders
March 25, 2020

These figures bring Spain's death toll to 3,434.

The announcement came a day after Spain's armed forces asked North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for humanitarian assistance to secure supplies to help curb the spread of the virus both in the military and in the civilian population.

What's the latest from Spain?

The number of coronavirus cases increased by a fifth to 47,610 on Wednesday.

Cases edged up in countries with fragile health care systems. The Basque Country in the north has also been hit hard.

Today, March 25, four new cases of Coronavirus positive patients emerged.

The capital's Palacio de Hielo mall, home to an Olympic-sized ice rink, began operating as a makeshift mortuary after authorities said facilities were unable to cope.

The state's chief minister K Palaniswami has implemented Section 144, which prohibits the assembly of five or more people.

What is the situation across Europe?

More than 435,000 people worldwide have been infected by the virus and more than 19,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Leaders of nine European Union countries have called for the 27-member bloc to raise funds through a "common debt instrument" to tackle the pandemic.

The Spanish army has asked North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for ventilators, protective gear and testing kits, Armed Forces Chief Miguel Villarroya said on Wednesday. A total of 743 samples have been collected in the Tamil Nadu, of which 608 came out as negative and 18 were found to be positive; 117 sample tests are still underway.

It recorded 738 deaths in 24 hours, the most casualties in a single day since the outbreak began. At least 46 people have died in connection with the disease in the state, giving Louisiana one of the highest death rates per million people across the country.

Russia's prime minister ordered provincial governors to move more quickly to ready hospital beds for patients as the outbreak spreads across the vast country, and President Vladimir Putin ordered the military to train for helping handle the pandemic. The city's mayor told him the number of cases far exceeded official numbers.

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