1000 coronavirus cases in Spain in just 24 hours


  Spain has registered nearly 1,000 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, raising the total number of cases to 8,744, the country's health ministry revealed today.

   Over the same period, the number of deaths rose by nine to 297, the ministry's emergencies coordinator Fernando Simon said, while Madrid remains the worst-affected region with 4,665 cases.

   The figure for new cases was lower than weekend numbers, when 2,000 infections were detected between Saturday and Sunday and the number of deaths rose by around 100. In order to rein in the virus, Spain has declared a state of alert, shutting all but essential services and ordering its population of 46 million people to stay at home.