Spain has recorded more than one million coronavirus cases, becoming the first western European country to pass that figure. On Wednesday (Oct 21) the country reported 16,973 infections and 156 deaths in the previous 24 hours.
Since its first diagnosed case on Jan 31, Spain has now recorded a total of 1,005,295 infections. It is the sixth nation worldwide to report one million cases after the U.S., India, Brazil, Russia and Argentina.
Europe has seen a surge in new infections over the last few months, forcing governments to bring in strict new regulations to try and control outbreaks and ensure hospitals do not become overwhelmed.
Italy has recorded 15,199 new infections, its highest one-day increase since the pandemic began.
From midnight on Wednesday, Ireland will move to its highest level of coronavirus restrictions, similar to those brought in during the spring.
– Source: News websites