COVID-19: U.S. leads with 300K followed by Spain, Italy; 1.1 mn global cases

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States has exceeded 300,000, while the death toll passed 8,100.

New York state’s coronavirus toll has risen at a devastating pace to 3,565 deaths, up from 2,935 the previous day, the largest 24-hour jump recorded there.

In Italy, the death toll rose 15,362; Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that Madrid will extend the country’s coronavirus lockdown until April 25, as Spain’s death toll reached 11,744.

Globally the death toll surged past 60,000 on Saturday, according to the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, amid over 1.1 million cases.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Saturday he would ask parliament to extend lockdown measures by 15 days until April 26, even as the rate of new coronavirus infections and deaths slowed again in one of the world’s worst-hit countries, reports Reuters

“We are at the start of the decrease in the epidemic. We are stronger than we think but we have to endure. With sacrifice, resistance and the spirit of victory,” Sanchez said, adding that some economic restrictions would be lifted after Easter. “We are not going to extend the standstill of economic activity,” he said. Shops, bars and restaurants will, however, remain closed.