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Spain reports 832 coronavirus deaths in deadliest day yet

A priest performed funeral rites at a Madrid cemetery during the coronavirus outbreak.
A priest performed funeral rites at a Madrid cemetery during the coronavirus outbreak.Bernat Armangue/Associated Press

MADRID — Spain has seen its deadliest day yet during the coronavirus crisis with 832 deaths reported on Saturday for a total of 5,690 fatalities. Infections have increased by over 8,000 in 24 hours to reach a national total of 72,248.

Spain is approaching two weeks of its stay-at-home restrictions and store closings but its infections and deaths keep rising. On Friday, Spain reported a total of 64,059 cases and 4,858 deaths.

The medical system is being pushed to the limits in the hot spots in Madrid and northeast Catalonia with doctors, nurses and ambulance drivers falling ill at an alarming rate and working non-stop.

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Pablo Rojo, an ambulance medic at Barcelona’s Dos de Maig hospital, says the average age is decreasing. He says: "They’re not 80 years old anymore, they are now 30 and 40 years old.”