Coronavirus: Number of COVID-19 deaths in Spain surpasses China as total reaches 3,434

A total of 3,434 coronavirus patients have now have died in Spain – more than the recorded number of deaths in China where the outbreak began.

Spain now has the world’s second-highest tally of COVID-19 deaths after 738 more were reported on Wednesday, the country’s deadliest toll in one day.

With 3,434 coronavirus patients dead, Spain surpassed China’s toll of 3,285.

Italy still has the most deaths of any nation in the world with 6,820.

Infections in Spain rose 20% from a day earlier to 47,610.

Hotels in the country are being converted into hospitals and an ice rink in capital Madrid is being used as a temporary morgue.

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