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Spain sees record 514 deaths in one day

 International Desk

 Published: 10:43 PM, 24 March 2020  

Spain sees record 514 deaths in one day

Spain sees record 514 deaths in one day

Another 514 people have died in Spain over the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 2,696, as the number of infections surged towards 40,000, the government said Tuesday.

The number of people who have tested positive rose by nearly 20 percent to 39,673, the health ministry said, while the death toll represented an increase of 23.5 percent over the figures from Monday.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez had warned over the weekend that the worst was yet to come, and called on Spaniards "to be strong.”

The country is already in the second week of a lockdown set to continue until April 11, with severe restrictions on mobility, police patrolling the streets and the army helping to move patients.

In Madrid, the region worst hit by the crisis, the regional and city governments have set up make-shift hospitals in hotels and at the main convention center to alleviate the stress on a public health service operating at full capacity.

While the situation in Spain is not as grim as in Italy, the epicenter of the outbreak in Europe, it became on Saturday the second European country to register more than 1,000 deaths from the disease.