SPAIN became the second country in the world with most coronavirus deaths after Italy today as the number of fatalities reached a record 738 in the past 24 hours.
The gruesome single-day tally put the country, where the number of recorded coronavirus deaths now stands at 3,434, ahead of China which says it has recorded 3,287 deaths. Italy’s death figure stands at more than 6,800.
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Members of the Military Emergency Unit (UME) are waiting for vans of deceased people for cold storage at the Palacio de Hielo ice rinkCredit: Getty Images – Getty A police officer accompanies a worker from essential services who has gone to Casa de Campo to perform a quick test on coronavirusCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Spain’s previous record, for the 24-hour period from Monday to Tuesday, was 514.
It puts the country on course to top Italy’s world-record single-day coronavirus death tally of 798, as Spanish politicians are saying they expect the situation to get worse before the weekend.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Spain has now reached 47,610.
Nearly 27,000 have been hospitalised and 3,166 people are in intensive care according to the latest Spanish Ministry of Health figures.
Madrid, Barcelona and the Basque Country are the three worst affected areas.
It comes amid reports of Covid-19 corpses being found inside care homes alongside living loved ones when the military had arrived to disinfect properties to try to contain the spread of the killer bug.
Margarita Robles, Spain’s defence minister, told a prime-time Spanish TV programme: “The army, during some visits, has seen elderly people absolutely abandoned, if not dead in their beds.
“We are going to be implacable and forceful when it comes to ensuring our pensioners receive the proper treatment in these residences.”
More than 3,00 people are currently being treated in hospital intensive care units while the overall number of infected is more than 47,000.
The 25 per cent jump in the death tally will lead to fears Spain could surpass Italy’s record of 793 dead in a day, the highest recorded anywhere in the world so far.
wo young girls look at the merchant ships docking at the port from the window of their house, during the coronavirus emergency lockdown, in Santander, SpainCredit: EPA A woman pushes a cart with her belongings as she walks along the once bustling streets of BarcelonaCredit: AP:Associated Press Spanish UME (Emergency Army Unit) soldiers disinfect a terminal to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus at a Barcelona airportCredit: AP:Associated Press