The coronavirus death toll in Spain has surged by 832 overnight to 5,690, said the health ministry on Saturday, marking a new high in the daily rise in fatalities.

The total number of positive coronavirus cases rose to 72,248 from 64,059 on Friday.

Figures from the Spanish Ministry of Health show over 40,000 people have been hospitalised and 4,575 people have been admitted to intensive care. 12,285 people have reportedly recovered.

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Spain is the fourth country with the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world, following the US, Italy and China.

But only Italy’s death tally within 24 hours is higher than Spain’s, with 969 deaths between Thursday and Friday.

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