COVID-19 deaths Spain now exceed total deaths in China
Updated: 2020-03-26 17:15:58 KST
Italy and Spain are seeing their daily death tolls steadily rise.
As of Wednesday local time, Spain's total COVID-19 deaths rose to more than 36-hundred, surpassed the figure in China.
It's now the country with the highest death toll after Italy, which has seen more than 7,500 deaths.
Local media report that Spain's Deputy Prime Minister has also tested positive.
As Spain fights the virus, its parliament has approved the government's request to extend the state of emergency by two weeks until April 11.
The decision came at the request of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
"I hope that you support the extension of this state of emergency until April 11th.
Because to fight the virus, it is essential to keep depriving it of its main weapon, which is social contact."
Meanwhile, over in the U.S., the Senate has passed a record-breaking 2-trillion-dollar coronavirus relief bill as the number of cases there top 68-thousand, with more than a thousand deaths.
India, which saw at least two dozen new cases on Thursday, declared a complete lockdown on Wednesday, banning people from leaving their homes.
The U.K. now has almost 10,000 cases, one of whom is Prince Charles, who tested positive on Wednesday.
China announced 67 additional cases on Thursday, all of which it says were imported from overseas.
With the number of cases there falling dramatically, China has reopened several renowned tourist attractions as well as several airports in central Hubei Province.
To help the world fight the pandemic, the Chinese health authorities say they're doing more to share their experience with the international community.
"The NHC has compiled a set of documents on the latest diagnosis and treatment plan and the prevention and control plan, and shared them with more than 180 countries and more than 10 international and regional organizations, thus contributing to global health security."
China's NHC says it's also dispatched teams of experts on epidemic prevention and control to numerous countries hit hard by the pandemic, such as Italy.