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Spain passes Italy with Covid-19 case total at more than 117,000

A discharged patient leaves Madrid's congress centre, which has been turned into a hospital.
A discharged patient leaves Madrid's congress centre, which has been turned into a hospital. / EP
  • The coronavirus related death tally approaches 11,000 with 932 new fatalities confirmed in 24 hours, although the rate of increase has slowed

Spain has now overtaken Italy in terms of the total count of confirmed coronavirus cases. On Friday the government announced a new figure of 117,710 confirmed cases, 7,472 more than the previous day.

This makes Spain the second country in the world with the most cases, behind only the US where the official figure is at 245,000.

Deaths

The number of Covid-19-related deaths in Spain had increased by 932 from Thursday to Friday, taking the total up to 10,935.

While experts have said that Spain reached its peak of infection last week, the number of cases continues to soar. The increases registered over the last 24 hours, however, are smaller than those of the previous day, both in terms of new cases and fatalities.

Uncounted cases

The Health authorities have admitted, however, that the real number of cases of coronavirus in Spain will be much higher, as the official figure does not include the thousands of people with mild symptoms who are self-isolating at home but have not been tested.

Recoveries

The figures announced on Friday also showed an increase in the count of patients who have recovered from the disease. This went up by 3,770 from Thursday to Friday, taking the official total up to 30,513, that is, 30 per cent of the total number of infections.