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People walk past a restaurant closed due to sharpest resurgences of the new coronavirus in Barcelona, Spain on October 22.
People walk past a restaurant closed due to sharpest resurgences of the new coronavirus in Barcelona, Spain on October 22. Emilio Morenatti/AP

Spain’s health ministry reported a record 20,986 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday evening, the highest daily increase since the pandemic started. 

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country is now 1,026,281. Spain surpassed 1 million cases on Wednesday. 

The country’s death toll now stands at 34,521, with 155 new fatalities recorded today.

During a news conference Thursday evening, Fernando Simón, the director of the Spanish Center for Health Emergencies, admitted the evolution of the pandemic is not favorable. 

“We don’t know what will happen in the next few days, but yes we are going upwards,” Simón said. 

Spain’s Health Minister Salvador Illa told reporters his country is facing difficult weeks ahead. 

“There is a lot of concern, we have very tough weeks ahead,” he warned.

“A second wave is a reality now,” the minister added. 

Illa also announced that Spain’s central government and the 17 regional governments have agreed on a document containing the main criteria for a joint response to a second wave of the pandemic. 



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