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Despite the substantial daily increases, Health Minister Salvador Illa on Monday confirmed that the steps being taken by each of Spain’s 17 regions were enough to quell the increase, ruling out a complete lockdown.

Spain’s head of health emergencies Fernando Simon said the country may be on the cusp of its latest spike or getting closer to it.

ROME – For the first time in three weeks, Italy’s daily caseload of known coronavirus infections fell below 10,000 on Monday.

Health Ministry figures reported an additional 8,825 cases since Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 2.4 million since the start of the pandemic.

Sicily has the highest daily caseload in the country. Italy recorded 377 deaths for the second day in a row.

The country’s known COVID-19 death toll of 82,554 is the second highest in Europe.

MADRID – The small British colony of Gibraltar says it has lost more people to the coronavirus since the start of the year than any other single cause in the past century.

Gibraltar, with a population of around 34,000, has recorded 38 deaths since January 1.

“Even in war, we have never lost that much in this short amount of time,” Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said on Monday.


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