Spain Overtakes China in Number of Coronavirus Deaths

Spain has now recorded 3,434 deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus, the country’s Health Ministry announced Wednesday – making it the country with the second highest death toll in the world, after Italy.

That number represents an increase of over 27 percent on Tuesday’s figures. The country now has 47,610 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in total.

In China, where the outbreak began, 3,281 people have now died, according to its National Health Commission.

Italy has the unenviable distinction of having the highest death toll in the world at 6,820, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

A top Spanish health official, Fernando Simon, said Wednesday that he expects the tally of COVID-19 cases to continue increasing in the coming days, despite having said earlier this week that he expected the number of infections to peak soon.