More than 900 virus deaths in Spain for second day

Spain has the world's second-highest death toll after Italy with the virus so far claiming 10,935 lives - 932 in the past day - from 117,710 confirmed cases.

FILE: Healthcare workers wearing protective suits push a man on a wheelchair outside the 12 Octubre Hospital in Madrid on 2 April 2020. Picture: AFP

MADRID - More than 900 people died in Spain over the past 24 hours for the second day running, government figures showed on Friday, although the rate of new infections and deaths continued to slow.

Spain has the world's second-highest death toll after Italy, with the virus so far claiming 10,935 lives - 932 in the past day - from 117,710 confirmed cases.

But health ministry figures confirm a consistent downward trend in the rate of new cases and fatalities.

The latest number shows the rate of infections up by 6.8%, compared with 7.9% on Thursday and 20% in the middle of last week.

And the daily rise in deaths also slowed to 9.3% on Friday, down from 10.5% on Thursday, and a big drop from the 27% increase on 25 March.