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Spain's COVID-19 cases tally surpasses 1 million, death toll tops 34,000

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Spain's COVID-19 cases tally surpasses 1 million, death toll tops 34,000

Spain has surpassed more than one million coronavirus infections.

India's Covid-19 count now stands at 7,651,107 as the country reported over 54,000 cases on Wednesday, a day after logging 46,790 infections, the lowest single-day figures since July-end. Yesterday alone, the nation reported 38,000 new cases in a single day.

After the USA, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 154,837 deaths from 5,273,954 cases, India with 115,914 deaths from 7,651,107 cases, Mexico with 86,993 deaths from 860,714 cases, and the United Kingdom with 43,967 deaths from 762,542 cases.

Spain's coronavirus infection rate began to climb rapidly in late August, and began hitting 10,000 cases a day after a slowdown in positive tests over the summer.

"We are facing very tough weeks ahead, winter is coming, the second wave is no longer a threat, it is a reality across Europe", he told a news conference, adding the government was "open to everything" to contain the virus.

At the moment the health system is holding up; improvements in knowledge, availability of drugs and PPE, more equipment, better preparation, better co-ordination are all contributing to the health system keeping its head above water, but the numbers of hospitalisations are increasing rapidly; today the percentage of beds occupied by covid patients across Spain has increased to 11.5% and the number of intensive care beds occupied by covid patients to 21.5%.

Spain was first hit hard by coronavirus in the first months of the pandemic, and brought in some of the strictest measures to tackle it - which also include banning children from going outside.

But infections have surged since the lockdown measures were fully removed at the end of June, with the rise blamed on the rapid return of nightlife and a lack of an efficient system to track and trace infections. La Rioja will also close its regional borders on Saturday.

As infections have picked up, Spanish regional authorities started imposing fresh restrictions.

While daily deaths have been hovering around 100 - a far cry from the peak of almost 900 registered in late March - hospital admissions have jumped 20% nationwide, triggering warnings that some non-urgent surgeries may need to be postponed. The northern region of Navarra has prohibited non-essential travel from and to the region.

Despite the higher number of asymptomatic cases found through improved testing, the pressure is being felt in Spain's hospitals.

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