Spain registers more than 700 deaths from coronavirus

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Spain coronavirus death toll overtakes China after sharp rise in cases

Health care systems in Europe and NY buckled under the strain, with Spain's death toll climbing to more than 4,000.

Spain recorded more than 700 deaths over the past 24 hours - surpassing China in the global death toll - making the country now second to only Italy, Al Jazeera reports.

As of Wednesday, 3,166 patients remain in critical condition, while as many as 5,367 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Spain.

On Wednesday, Jose Angel Gonzalez a top chief with Spain's National Police, said people admitted to hospital for coronavirus treatment were fleeing before doctors had approved their discharge, "putting lives at risk", according to Metro.

Spain reported over 4,000 deaths and more than 56,000 cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, March 26.

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Studies performed on the tests which discovered the high error rate caused the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology to recommend officially that the tests not be used.

The Johns Hopkins University database put the number of deaths in Iran at 2,077 with the total number of confirmed cases at 27,017.

As the world witnessed over 41,000 cases of COVID-19 and 18,433 fatalities as of Wednesday, four countries in Europe now counted over 20,000 cases each, and they are still struggling to tackle the shortage in medical supplies to fight the pandemic.

"Emergency services are overwhelmed at the moment", Jorge Rivera, spokesman for the main hospital in Leganes on Madrid's southern outskirts told AFP by telephone.

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China has begun to relax its own draconian restrictions on free movement in the province of Hubei - where the outbreak began in December - after the country reported no new cases.

To achieve this Spain has ordered millions of tests from overseas and instructed local firms to start producing them.

Two days ago the head of the Madrid regional government, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, publicly thanked Real Madrid for what she described as a "big donation in health materials", after a conversation with the club's president, Florentino Pérez.

A provisional hospital for coronavirus patients has been built on the premises of the congress hall of IFEMA, an entity responsible for the organisation of fairs, halls and large meetings, in Madrid.

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