Global coronavirus cases surpass half a million, death toll over 21,000

People walk through a temporary emergency hospital set up at the Trade Fair of Vienna to treat patients with covid-19

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The Spanish health ministry has confirmed that over the past 24 hours a total of 738 people have died from coronavirus - the highest death toll registered in Spain since the start of the crisis.

It is the highest number of deaths in one day in Spain from COVID-19 caused by coronavirus.

The global death toll is more than 21,000 with Italy and Spain to hardest hit countries.

Women wearing masks as a preventive measure against contracting Covid-19 walk through the Abobo suburbs of Abidjan, Ivory Coast on March 25, 2020.

The surge in the number of confirmed cases has brought Spain's highly appreciated universal health care system to its knees.

But offering a glimmer of hope, both Italy and Spain have seen lower daily rates of new infections this week.

Fears have also been sparked as a new deadly virus is spreading across China after a newly reported death has emerged.

Since the disease arrived in Europe after originating in China late past year, the European Union has struggled to present a united front on economic stimulus, the sharing of medical equipment and safeguarding of essential supplies after countries across the continent tightened or closed their normally open borders to try and curb the spread of the coronavirus. "Help us help you", Dr. Francesca De Gennaro, who heads a small medical clinic in Italy's hard-hit Bergamo region, wrote in an open letter.

Germany, meanwhile, reported another 4,995 cases of the coronavirus disease, with the country's total now standing at 36,508, according to the latest data from the Robert Koch Institute.

Watching patients die alone is "killing all of us inside", she said. The government wants to increase its supply of the breathing machines from 8,000 to 30,000. In all, 4,144 people in South Korea have been cured of the virus.

China's cases have slowed, with only 67 new cases reported, all recent arrivals. In addition to leaders of G-20 countries leaders of several countries including Spain, Jordan, Singapore and Switzerland have been invited.

This video conference will be held according to a telephone conversation Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had with King of Saudi Arabia Salman Bin Abdullahziz Al Saudi.

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