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Spain reports 809 deaths from coronavirus in single day

Spain reports 809 deaths from coronavirus in single day
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Spain reported 809 new deaths from the coronavirus in one day, bringing its total death toll from the illness to 11,744.

Spain’s Health Ministry also announced that the country’s total number of confirmed cases jumped from 7,026 Friday to 124,736 Saturday.

The increase shows Spain leapfrogging Italy with the second-highest number of confirmed cases, finding itself behind only the U.S. in official tallies reported by countries.

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Italy, which as of now has just shy of 120,000 cases, will update its figures later Saturday.

China, where the outbreak began, officially has more than 82,000 cases and 3,300 deaths, though U.S. lawmakers and officials have questioned the veracity of those figures, suggesting they are much higher.

U.S. intelligence agencies have reportedly concluded that China has underreported its number of confirmed cases and deaths.

Spain is in its third week of a national emergency, which the military has been mobilized to enforce. Residents are being forced to comply with a stay-at-home order, and all nonessential industries have been shuttered.

More than 1.1 million people worldwide have contracted the highly contagious coronavirus, and more than 59,000 people have died, according to the most recently updated figures from Johns Hopkins University.