Spain's death toll falls for third consecutive day with 12,418 killed in total

Another 674 people have died in Spain after testing positive for coronavirus, marking the third consecutive day the death toll has dropped in the country.

A total of 130,759 confirmed cases of the virus have been recorded in the world’s second-worst hit country, which is an increase of 6,023 since yesterday. The death toll now stands at 12,418.

On Saturday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said he would extend the country’s lockdown by another 15 days until April 26, in a bid to give the health system time to recover.

In a televised address to the nation, Mr Sanchez said the lockdown measures were starting to show positive results by ‘saving lives’ but he warned the latest extension would not be the last.

He said the country is now ‘close to passing the peak of infections’ after the number of people who died between Friday and Saturday was 809 – the lowest for a week.

Mr Sanchez said: ‘We are at the start of the decrease in the epidemic. We are stronger than we think but we have to endure. With sacrifice, resistance and the spirit of victory’.

The prime minister added that ‘we are not going to extend the standstill of economic activity’ but said shops, bars and restaurants will remain closed.

However, Mr Sanchez said some economic restrictions would be lifted after Easter.

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