Spain’s Covid-19 Cases Rise to 124,736, Surpassing Italy

Spains Coronavirus Cases Rise to 124,736, Surpassing Italy
© Photographer: Denis Doyle/Getty Images Europe MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 03: A general view of the Temporary Hospital of the Community of Madrid authorized at IFEMA to treat patients with coronavirus on April 03, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to at least 182 countries, claiming over 55,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. In Spain the number of deaths is over 10,000 now. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

(Bloomberg) — Spain reported an increase in cases from the coronavirus outbreak, surpassing the number in Italy to remain at the epicenter of the outbreak in Europe.

The number of confirmed cases increased to 124,736, from 117,710 a day earlier, according to Health Ministry data. In Italy, total cases stood at 119,827. In what could be a sign of hope, the number of new deaths declined for a second day, with an additional 809 fatalities in the past 24 hours for a total of 11,744.

Health Minister Salvador Illa said Friday that the goal of seeing the spread of the epidemic slow is “within reach.”

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is likely to prolong a national lockdown another two weeks until April 26, according to reports in Spanish media. He initiated the restrictions on March 14 for an initial two-week period and subsequently extended them until April 11 as the virus outbreak accelerated.

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