Coronavirus: Spain’s death toll surpasses China’s

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A woman is tested for coronavirus in SpainImage copyrightGetty Images
Image caption Spain now has more than 47,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19

Spain’s death toll from the coronavirus has surpassed the official figure from China, becoming the second highest in the world.

The number of deaths rose by 738 in 24 hours – a daily record – to 3,434, higher than the 683 announced in Italy.

By comparison, China has officially reported 3,285 deaths, while Italy – the worst affected country – has 6,820.

Spain’s rate of infection has increased by a fifth and almost 27,000 people are being treated in hospital.

Madrid is the country’s worst affected region but Catalonia in the north-east has seen a rapid increase in cases.