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World Spain Becomes First Nation in Western Europe With 1 Million Virus Cases

07:05  22 october  2020
07:05  22 october  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Spain became the first country in Western Europe to surpass 1 million coronavirus infections, as authorities struggle to control fresh outbreaks and contemplate a curfew for the capital Madrid. Spain Becomes First Nation in Western Europe With 1 Million Virus Cases . By.

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain became the first Western European country to exceed 1 million coronavirus infections on Wednesday, doubling its tally in just six weeks despite a series of increasingly stringent measures to control the second wave. Health ministry data showed total cases had reached

(Bloomberg) -- Spain became the first country in Western Europe to surpass 1 million coronavirus infections, as authorities struggle to control fresh outbreaks and contemplate a curfew for the capital Madrid.

Some 6,114 new cases were detected in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 1,005,295, according to Health Ministry data published Wednesday. Russia has the most infections on the continent with more than 1.4 million, with France fast closing in on the 1 million mark and the U.K. next with more 760,000 cases, figures from Johns Hopkins University show.

graphical user interface, chart: Spain's virus cases accelerated through summer and into autumn © Bloomberg Spain's virus cases accelerated through summer and into autumn

A curfew in Madrid would be the latest move by European governments to tighten restrictions amid an unrelenting spread of the disease. The capital was already hit with new restrictions this month when Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez declared a state of emergency for the Madrid region, which has a population of almost 7 million.

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MADRID (Reuters) - Spain has become the first Western European country to record more than a million coronavirus infections since the onset of the pandemic, health ministry data showed on Wednesday, after 16,973 cases were added to the tally since the previous day.

Country recorded 16,973 new cases and 156 new deaths over past 24 hours, bringing death toll to 34,366. Spain is sixth nation in the world to cross grim milestone after US, India, Brazil, Russia and Argentina.

Sanchez has come under fire for his handling of the pandemic, and the Socialist leader faces a confidence vote on Thursday brought by the far-right Vox party over his stewardship of the country.

The motion is set to be comfortably defeated because Vox has failed to rally much support among other parties, but the event is putting the growing bitterness in Spanish politics on full public display. Sanchez has clashed repeatedly with the president of the Madrid region, who belongs to the main opposition conservative party, over the best way to deal with the virus.

Earlier this year, Spain was briefly the European nation with the most daily deaths, but then imposed the continent’s strictest lockdown and brought contagion levels way down by June.

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Spain has recorded more than one million coronavirus cases , becoming the first western European country to pass that landmark figure. It is the sixth nation worldwide to report one million cases after the US, India, Brazil, Russia and Argentina. Europe has seen a surge in new infections over the last

Spain has become the first Western European nation to exceed 1 million coronavirus cases , while the UK reported 26,688 new infections on Wednesday - a The number of new infections continues to set records in some parts of Europe , where states are introducing an increasing number of restrictions.

When it was lifted in the summer, infections began to surge in what authorities mostly blame on a lack of adherence to hygiene and distancing rules in family and social gatherings.

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