Coronavirus cases in Spain soar to nearly 3,000

A tourist wearing a protective mask walks at Plaza de Espana in Seville after Spain banned all air traffic from Italy, closed schools and blocked fans from football matches due to the coronavirus outbreak. (File photo: AFP)

Coronavirus infections in Spain soared to nearly 3,000 on Thursday as the number of deaths almost doubled, rising to 84, the health ministry said.

As of 1200 GMT, there were 2,968 cases in Spain, up from 2,140 at 1700 GMT on Wednesday, a ministry statement said, with deaths leaping to 84 from 48 within the same time frame.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57