Spain overtakes China virus toll with 3,434 deaths: Government

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With hospitals on the brink of collapse from the surge in patients, troops have set up a massive field hospital in Madrid's vast IFEMA exhibition center, which now has 1,500 beds but which could be expanded to take in up to 5,500 people - making it the largest hospital in Spain.

However, there were another 47 imported infections from overseas, the Chinese National Health Commission said, as the number of cases brought into the country continued to swell.

Spain's death toll from the coronavirus has surpassed the official figure from China, becoming the second-highest in the world. Spain has the highest death toll after Italy which as reported nearly twice the number of deaths in China.

Prime Minister's announcement came two hours after the state entered the lockdown mode and there was not much of a panic buying after the announcement. The Basque Country in the north has also been hit hard.

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Similarly, the Spanish army has asked its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners for coronavirus testing kits, ventilators and protective gear as part of the alliance's global assistance arrangements, Spanish Armed Forces Chief Miguel Villarroya said.

Charles, the 71-year-old heir to the British throne, is showing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and is self-isolating at a royal estate in Scotland, his office said, adding that his wife, Camilla, has tested negative.

"It is an increase similar to what we saw yesterday and in the past few days and different, less, than what we saw last week".

By comparison, Spain has just 50 million people. Social distancing and hygiene have been emphasized more than ever while the state has also announced that it is ready with hospital beds and testing facilities if the situation gets any worse.

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Of that number, almost 8,000 people were confirmed to have the virus in the past 24 hours. Indexes in Europe and Asia rose a day after the Dow Jones Industrial Average had its best day since 1933.

The lockdown of Hubei's capital Wuhan will be lifted on April 8, a milestone in China's war against the epidemic as Beijing shifts its focus towards stemming imported cases and rebooting the economy. Spain has also sought help from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for humanitarian assistance to fight the novel Coronavirus.

India's stay-at-home order is now the biggest, and Russian Federation will follow suit, with President Vladimir Putin declaring next week a public holiday and postponing a public vote on constitutional reforms. "It will break the chain of transmission and it will save lives".

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