Spain’s death toll from the coronavirus has surpassed the official figure from China, becoming the second highest in the world.

The number of deaths has risen by 738 in just 24 hours to a total of 3434 – a record spike for Spain.

By comparison, China has officially reported 3285 deaths, while Italy – the worst affected country – has 6820.

Spain’s prime minister will later ask MPs to extend his country’s state of emergency for another two weeks.

Globally there are nearly 440,000 cases of the virus, with deaths approaching 20,000 and more than 100,000 people having recovered, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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