Spain’s coronavirus death toll crosses 18,000

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Spain reported Tuesday 567 deaths from the new coronavirus, a slight increase after a one day decline, bringing the total number of fatalities to 18,056 — officially the third highest in the world behind the United States and Italy.

The number of new infections rose by 1.8 per cent to 172,541 cases, according to the health ministry, the smallest increase since the country imposed a nationwide lockdown on 14 March to curb the spread of the virus. On Monday, Spain had reported 517 deaths, which was one of the lowest daily increase reported in the last three weeks.

The Spanish authorities have also recorded a fall in the number of active cases for the first time since the outbreak. The authorities on Tuesday observed that the active cases had come down by 299 in the last 24 hours. Spain has now 86,981 active cases.