Spain announced that the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the country has surpassed 10,000.
Spain, the second-worst country hit by death, has also suffered from the rise of unemployment as nearly one million jobs are lost amid the pandemic.
In many countries, the unemployment figures are another sign of the catastrophic effect of the pandemic.
According to John Hopkins University, confirmed COVID-19 infections are nearing one million worldwide.
The university also suggested that globally the virus has claimed more than 50,000 lives while more than 200,000 people have recovered from the infections.
The country’s health minister said in a statement that the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has claimed 10,000 lives in Spain as 950 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
On Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases spiked up from 102,136 to 110,238, an 8% rise that is similar to the rate recorded in the previous days.
Spanish authorities believe the virus is now peaking and say they expect to see a drop in the number of confirmed cases in the coming days.
“We continue with an increase of around 8%. This point, as we have already seen, to a stabilization in the data that we’re registering,” María José Sierra, from the Spanish health ministry’s emergency coordination unit, said in a news conference.
She also emphasized that this contributed to the decrease in the number of people being taken to intensive care units which have been under pressure across the country.
Spain’s March unemployment figure is the highest monthly unemployment rise ever recorded in the country, which had one of the eurozone’s highest unemployment rates.
Spain’s official unemployment figure rose to 3.5 million, the highest level since April 2017.
The data shows 898,822 people have lost their jobs since the start of the lockdown, including about 550,000 temporary workers.
The numbers come amid dire predictions about the possible economic impact of the measures imposed to fight the virus.
A UN report estimated that up to 25 million jobs could be lost around the world.
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