Spain reports no new coronavirus deaths in past 24 hours for first time since March

Spain reports no new coronavirus deaths in past 24 hours for first time since March
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Spain on Monday reported no new coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours for the first time since March, The Associated Press reported.

The marker is a sign of progress in one of the countries hit hardest by the virus. 

Spain has the fifth most deaths of any country in the world, at 27,127, according to Johns Hopkins University data. 

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At one point in early April, it recorded more than 1,000 deaths in a day, according to New York Times data, a sign of how far the country has come down to zero deaths in a day. 

The country had one of the strictest lockdowns anywhere, only allowing people to leave their homes for exercise starting in early May as the pandemic began to ease. 

The country is now taking further steps. It announced at the end of May that it would allow tourists, a major factor for the economy, to return in July and that the top soccer league would return, with no fans, in June, Reuters reported

While there were no deaths, Spain did report 71 new coronavirus cases in the past day on Monday, according to Reuters. 

That is also far below the peak in early April, though, when the country reported more than 9,000 cases in a single day.