Coronavirus: Spain deaths surge by 832 in 24 hours | World News

The number of people to have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Spain has surged by 832 to 5,690.

A further 8,189 cases were detected in the country in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 72,248.

The rise in Spain came as German chancellor Angela Merkel thanked people in her country for being largely compliant during the lockdown there.

The number of confirmed cases in Germany has continued to increase, with Ms Merkel’s chief of staff saying the shutdown would not be eased before 20 April.

The German chancellor said in her weekly podcast: “When I see today how almost everyone has completely changed their behaviour, how the vast majority of you really do avoid any unnecessary contact, precisely because it can also contain a risk of infection, then I would simply like to say: thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

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