Over 500 more COVID-19 patients are in intensive care units than 24 hours prior, Spanish authorities reported on Wednesday, as the country reported 738 new deaths from the illness.
The death toll in the European country from the disease, which is caused by the CCP virus, surged from 2,696 to 3,434, the Ministry of Health said. Infections rose from 39,673 to 47,610.
Intensive care units were overloaded with another 530 patients as well.
Spain also reported a jump of 1,573 in those who have recovered from the illness. That total now stands at 5,367.
“There has been a 20 percent increase in comparison with yesterday,” Fernando Simon, head of the country’s Health Emergency Center, said at a press conference.
“It is an increase similar to what we saw yesterday and in the past few days and different, less, than what we saw last week.”
Most illnesses in the country are in Madrid and Catalonia. Seven other regions have reported thousands of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Spain locked down the country on March 14, but the number of infections and deaths have continued to rise. The country has the most deaths in the world besides Italy, though official figures from China, where the virus first emerged, were manipulated.
The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.