Spain has surpassed China in the total number of confirmed coronavirus infections. An overnight death toll of 812 people brought total fatalities in Spain to 7,340, while the number of infections rose by eight per cent to 85,195 on Monday, against 81,470 in China, where the disease originated at the end of 2019.
Officials announced on Monday that the country’s emergency health chief Fernando Simon tested positive for coronavirus infection on Sunday night.
Maria Jose Sierra, who replaced Simon, said the daily infection increase had slowed since the introduction of lockdown measures to 12pc on average since March 25 from around 20pc in the March 15-25 period.
According to the latest data China, the original source of the coronavirus pandemic, has 81,470 confirmed cases.
Spain remains behind Italy, the hardest hit country in Europe, with 97,689 confirmed cases resulting in 10,779 deaths.