Spain close to the beginning of a decline in epidemic


Spain is close to the beginning of a decline in the coronavirus epidemic, the country’s prime minister has said.

Health officials reported 5,756 new cases and 683 new deaths over the latest 24-hour period. That is compared with 6,180 new cases and 757 deaths on Wednesday.

It comes as Germany, Italy and Denmark indicated that improving figures on coronavirus could mean restrictions being lifted, or partially lifted, within weeks.

The Spanish parliament was expected to vote for a two-week extension of Spain’s state of emergency which would keep people at home until 26 April.