Coronavirus: Spain finds 10,000 cases in 24 hr, 4,000 dead

State of emergency extended to April 11

26 March, 16:51

    ROME - Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, rose by almost 10,000 in Spain over the course of 24 hours, from 47,610 to 56,188. The number of people who tested positive and who have died rose from 3,434 to 4,089, El Pais quoted the health ministry as saying on Thursday. The Spanish Congress has meanwhile authorised an extension to the state of emergency decreed by the government until April 11.

    The decision was made with support from most political groups, except for independent parties, EFE reported. Health Minister Salvador Illa said that the country may reach the ''peak of the curve'' for COVID-19 infections, which would mean that a phase seeing stabilisation of the pandemic would begin soon, EFE reported. Illa said that the data from recent days showed a change in trend, with lower increases than those seen in previous days. The daily average increase in cases reported in the period between February 28 and March 16 was about 40%, while in the period between March 17 and March 24 the average increase was about 20%.

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