Undertakers carry a coffin of a person who died of COVID-19 at a cemetery in Leganes, Spain. AP
Spain's death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak rose by 410 on Sunday, down from 565 on Saturday, the Health Ministry said, bringing the total to 20,453 deaths in one of the world's hardest hit countries.
The number of overall coronavirus cases rose to 195,944 on Sunday from 191,726 on Saturday, it added.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Saturday announced the nationwide coronavirus lockdown would be extended two weeks to May 9, hours after the official death toll passed 20,000.
"We have done the hardest part through responsibility and social discipline... we are putting the most extreme moments behind us," Sanchez said. But Spaniards must not jeopardise the fragile gains made so far with hasty decisions.
The restrictions currently in place would however be loosened slightly to allow children time outside from April 27, said Sanchez.
Until now only adults have been able to leave the house for specific reasons: to go to work, to go shopping for food or medicine, for a medical appointment or to walk the dog.
But there were growing calls to let children outside, as is permitted in most other countries observing a lockdown.
Spain, which has been under confinement since March 14, has recorded 20,043 deaths from the virus, the latest health ministry figures showed -- the third-highest official toll after the United States and Italy.
Health officials nevertheless say Spain has passed the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak which killed up to 950 people a day on April 2, and pressure is slowly easing on hospitals.
The increase in infections has slowed and the latest daily death toll was 565 people, down from the figure on Friday. The number of people registered as cured has risen to nearly 75,000.
But with almost 200,000 reported cases of the virus, Sanchez warned the country that an end to one of Europe's toughest confinements would be "prudent and progressive".
And he warned: "If necessary, we will reinforce protective measures again."
Spaniards took to the streets to jog, cycle and rollerskate for the first time following 48 days of confinement on Saturday as some European nations cautiously eased virus lockdowns while Russia reported a sudden surge in its infections.
The daily death toll brought the total number of fatalities to 18,579. The overall number of cases in the country rose to 177,633 on Wednesday from 172,541 the day before.
Officials say the numbers tend to go up slightly on Tuesdays following a slight delay in receiving data from the regions on deaths that have occurred over the weekend. On Monday, Spain registered 399 deaths overnight in what was the lowest figure in four weeks.
It was the smallest daily increase since March 23 in Spain, which is suffering one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the world. The update for the last 24 hours raised the country's overall number of fatalities to 16,353 and the number of confirmed cases another 4,800 to 161,852.
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