MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 22: In this handout from the
In this handout from the Comunidad de Madrid, the first patients with coronavirus arrives at Ifema exhibition complex on March 22, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. The Community of Madrid and the UME (Spanish Emergency Army Unit) are installing a specific hospital for COVID-19 with 5,500 beds and an UCI (Intensive Care Unit). The number of people confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Spain has increased to at least 25,400, with the latest death toll reaching 1,381 according to the countryâ??s Health Ministry. (Photo by Comunidad de Madrid via Getty Images)
  • On Thursday, Spanish officials announced that a further 950 people had died of the coronavirus.
  • That's the largest daily increase of any country, including Italy, which has do far had the world's deadliest outbreak.
  • Italy's deaths peaked at 919 on March 27, and have since started to decline.
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Spain has just set a grim record in the coronavirus pandemic, recording more deaths in a single day than any nation so far.

On Thursday, officials in the country reported that 950 more people in the country had died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

It brings the total deaths in the country to 10,003.

Italy, where the virus first started taking hold in Europe, peaked at 919 deaths in a day on March 27. Its death toll remains the largest in the world.

However, Italy's outbreak is showing signs of slowing, logging its smallest daily increase in deaths in a week on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, police in Spain are asking for the public to donate full-face snorkel masks to be turned into makeshift ventilators for an expected wave of more coronavirus patients with severe respiratory issues.

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