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Spain’s covid-19 cases rise to over 85,000, overtake China

Spain overtook China’s total number of covid-19 cases on Monday but business leaders and regional authorities criticised the government’s decision to further restrict the movement of people and keep non-essential workers at home until mid-April.

An overnight death toll of Eight hundred and twelve (812) people brought total fatalities in Spain to 7,340, while the number of infections rose by eight per cent to 85,195 on Monday, against 81,470 in China, where the disease originated at the end of 2019.

Health emergency chief Fernando Simon, who has been holding daily briefings on the epidemic, has tested positive for the coronavirus, his deputy said.

Maria Jose Sierra, who replaced Simon, said the daily infection increase had slowed since the introduction of lockdown measures to 12pc on average since March of 25 from around 20pc in the March 15-25 period.

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