Spain’s coronavirus death toll has passed China’s and is now the second highest in the world.
In total 3,434 people have died in Spain from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, the health ministry said on Wednesday.
It recorded 738 deaths in 24 hours, the most casualties in a single day since the outbreak began.
China’s death toll officially stands at 3,285, while the figure in Italy, the country with the most deaths, is 6,820.
Nurses and doctors demanded action on Tuesday after Spain reported its sharpest daily increase in coronavirus cases. About 14% of the nearly 40,000 infections are among health workers.
Nursing union SATSE said Madrid’s hospitals were on “the verge of collapse” and needed urgent support, while a doctors’ union said it had filed a lawsuit demanding protective equipment within 24 hours.