Spain becomes third country to pass China with number infected persons as it records 85,195 cases of coronavirus

As Spain continues it battles against coronavirus, it has now become the third country to surpass China’s coronavirus infection after the number of cases rose nearly 6,400 overnight.

Spanish Health authorities on Monday announced that they had diagnosed a total of 85,195 cases of the disease, China has reported more than 82,000 cases.

Medical workers in overalls stretch a patient under intensive care into the newly built Columbus Covid 2 temporary hospital to fight the new coronavirus infection, on March 16, 2020 at the Gemelli hospital in Rome. (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP)

The US and Italy were the first two countries to surpass China’s figure with 140,000 and 100, 000 confirmed cases respectively.

Spain has since tightened its coronavirus lockdown by ordering all non-essential workers to stay indoors.

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez announced the new restrictions in an address to the nation.

He said: ‘I’m announcing to you that the Spanish government will tomorrow (SUN) approve in an emergency Cabinet meeting an exceptional measure.

‘All workers performing non-essential activities must remain at home for the next fortnight like they do at the weekend.’

He added: ‘If we achieve the level of mobility we’re seeing at weekends on working days, we can halt even more the spread of this pandemia.’

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