Coronavirus patients arrive at a military hospital set up at the IFEMA conference centre in Madrid, Spain. Reuters
Spain's death toll from the coronavirus epidemic soared to 1,720 on Sunday from 1,326 the day before, according to multiple media outlets citing the latest health data.
The number of registered cases in the country rose to 28,572 on Sunday from 24,926 in the previous tally announced on Saturday, the reports added.
The Spanish government wants to extend for another 15 days a 15-day state of emergency that it imposed this month to try to curb the spreading coronavirus outbreak, multiple Spanish media outlets reported on Sunday.
The nationwide state of emergency, announced on March 14, bars people from all but essential outings as the country grapples with Europe's second-worst coronavirus outbreak.
The extension would need to be approved by parliament but that is guaranteed after Spain's main opposition party, conservative People's Party, said it would support it, giving Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez Socialist Party and its government coalition partner Unidas Podemos enough votes in the chamber.
A government spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Sanchez communicated the decision to regional leaders during a videoconference call, the reports said. He was due to hold a press briefing after the call ends, his office said.
The prime minister said on Saturday that the government would do whatever was needed to combat coronavirus and warned that "the worst is yet to come".
He warned of tough weeks ahead but made no mention of extending the state of emergency.
The death toll in Spain jumped to 1,326 from 1,002 the day before, according to Health Ministry data released on Saturday. The number of cases rose to 24,926 from 19,980.
The number of people who have tested positive rose by nearly 20 per cent to 39,673, the health ministry said, while the death toll represented an increase of 23.5 per cent over the figures from Monday.
Italy reported 969 new deaths, Spain 769 and France 299 as Europe reeled from a crisis that led the United States on Friday to finalise an unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus package.
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In moves to prevent panic over the coronavirus in Iran, the worst-hit country in the Middle East, President Hassan Rouhani appealed to people not to spread rumours and the judiciary banned most officials from announcing numbers of those infected.
He had been scheduled to re-emerge on Friday after a week of recovery and working remotely, but said he would remain at home because he still had a high temperature — one of the symptoms.
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The ministry also announced that 19 cases fully recovered from the coronavirus, after receiving treatment.