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Monday 30 March 2020

Spain becomes third country to pass China with more than 85,000 coronavirus infections as death toll rises to 7,340

Spain has become the third country to surpass China's coronavirus infection after the number of cases rose nearly 6,400 overnight.

On Monday, Spanish Health authorities announced that they had diagnosed a total of 85,195 cases of the disease, China has reported more than 82,000 cases.

The US and Italy were the first two countries to surpass China's figure with 140,000 and 100, 000 confirmed cases respectively.

Spain's death toll also increased by 812 overnight from 6,528 to 7,340 after Sunday's total of 838 marked the country's worst day of the pandemic so far.

Italy remains the country that has recorded larger one-day death totals than Spain, after 969 people died between Thursday and Friday.

On Sunday evening, Spain tightened its coronavirus lockdown by ordering all non-essential workers to stay indoors.

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez announced the new restrictions in an address to the nation.

He said: 'I'm announcing to you that the Spanish government will tomorrow (SUN) approve in an emergency Cabinet meeting an exceptional measure.

'All workers performing non-essential activities must remain at home for the next fortnight like they do at the weekend.'

He added: 'If we achieve the level of mobility we're seeing at weekends on working days, we can halt even more the spread of this pandemia.'

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