Spain seeks North Atlantic Treaty Organisation help as virus death toll touches 2700 — Humanitarian assistance

Spain's coronavirus deaths surpass 1,700 cases over 28,000- Health Ministry

The IOC acted on the recommendation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, adding the Olympics to a long roster of sports events canceled because of the deadly outbreak.

Meanwhile, Madrid took over the public Palacio de Hielo ice skating rink after the morgue in the hard-hit capital city overflowed.

Spanish soldiers deployed to disinfect care homes across the country have in several instances found residents abandoned in their beds, with some left dead, the country's defense minister told the told the Telecinco news channel Monday.

The impromptu hospital has been created with the help of the Military Emergencies Unit and also includes an area with 200 beds where the first patients to arrive were taken as they arrived from different hospitals on Saturday.

Construction workers wear hazmat suits in Spain.

Around 14 per cent of infections are among health workers. More than 1,050 people are in intensive care.

Twenty-five old people died at one residence in Madrid, mostly without being transferred to hospital, while dozens more pensioners have perished in other privately run centres that were overwhelmed by the epidemic.

With new figures showing that Spain had passed 33,000 infections and with 2,355 Covid-19 patients now in intensive care, Mr Illa said: "This is going to be a very hard week when we might reach the peak of the epidemic".

As a result of the absence of new infections, Wuhan authorities have chose to gradually lift the two-month lockdown.

Still, Harris said the scope of the global outbreak was "enormous" and that cases were expected to increase "considerably".

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Catalonia was next worst-hit, with 8,000 cases and just under 300 deaths.

A government representative has said 87% of all fatalities were people older than 70.

In the US, the government was expected to pass a $2 trillion spending plan that would prop up businesses, which has been stalled for days.

The virus has brought not only Spain, but the whole world to standstill.

In Italy, Spain and France, the pandemic has already pushed national health systems to their breaking points.

In Italy, the death toll has climbed to over 6,000.

The virus has now claimed 2,182 lives in Spain.

"We have yet to see the impact of the strongest, most damaging wave, which will test our material and moral capacities to the limit, as well as our spirit as a society", Sanchez said on Sunday. But photos showed crowded trains Tuesday on some London subway lines.

Echoing his concerns, nursing union SATSE called for test kits and for drastic measures to help prop up Madrid's hospitals, which it said were on "the verge of collapse".

The funeral service said that cremations, burials and other services for coronavirus victims would continue as normal, but only if the bodies are "sent by other funeral services businesses in a closed coffin".

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