Spain's Death Toll Surpasses China, Second-Highest Globally Behind Italy

Elderly found abandoned, dead in Spain's nursing homes

The global coronavirus death toll crossed 20,000-mark on Wednesday Italy recorded another 683 deaths within 24 hours, taking the number to 7503.

The total number of deaths rose to 4,089 and the number of confirmed cases climbed to 56,188 from 47,610 a day earlier, the Health Ministry said Thursday.

"This is a very hard week because we're in the first stages of overcoming the virus, a phase in which we are approaching the peak of the epidemic", said Illa during a televised news conference.

It is noted that the environment was recorded 738 new deaths - the highest to date, the increasing number of victims per day.

Mortuary employees wearing face masks wheel a coffin into the crematorium of La Almudena cemetery in Madrid, March 24, 2020 during the funeral of a COVID-19 coronavirus victim.

The G20 major economies will hold an emergency videoconference on Thursday to discuss a global response to the crisis, as will the 27 leaders of the European Union, the outbreak's new epicentre.

We go to Madrid, Spain, one of the epicenters of the pandemic in Europe, where health workers account for almost 14% of the country's infections.

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With 3,434 coronavirus patients dead, Spain surpassed China's toll of 3,285.

Since Friday, police have detained 2,682 persons for violating the curfew and detained 786 vehicles, police said.

In the latest tragedy, 23 people - including two nuns - died at a home for the elderly in the capital.

"Please don't leave us alone".

The government on Tuesday imposed a nationwide complete lockdown from 21-days with only essential personnel allowed to come out of their homes.

France began evacuating infected citizens from the northeastern hotspot of Alsace using a special high-speed train that its health minister called a "first in Europe". "Some centers have already reported dozens of deaths".

The World Health Organization has urged people to cooperate with authorities because the efficacy of a country's lockdown period will depend on the commitment of its citizens. In neighboring Pakistan, a caseload of almost 1,100 infections propelled government efforts to persuade the country's more than 200 million people to stay home.

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