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29th March 2020, 00:18

Spain sees sharp rise in Covid-19 deaths; Italy calls on more support from EU

Spain has seen a sharp rise in the number of deaths caused by Covid-19 but the rate of new infections is stabilising, according to officials.

In 24 hours, 832 people died, the highest number yet, taking the total to 5,690. There are now over 72,000 cases in Spain

Nursing home residents are reportedly particularly affected.

In Italy, on Friday there was a record 969 new Covid-19 deaths, bringing the total in the country to 9,134 – the highest in the world since the pandemic broke.

The number of cases has risen to over 86,000.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte urged the European Union to launch a "recovery bond" to help fund the response to the Coronavirus outbreak, saying failure to tackle the emergency would be a "tragic mistake" for the bloc.