More than 4,000 people have now died in Spain from coronavirus

Spain's death-toll from coronavirus has risen to more than 4,000 people while new infections have also increased by almost a fifth.

The country announced that 655 people died from the virus between Wednesday and Thursday, taking the total number from 3,434 to 4,089.

The number of new infections also rose from 47,610 on Wednesday to 56,188 - an increase of 8,578, or around 20 per cent.

Meanwhile harrowing images from a hospital in Albacete, 85 miles west of Valencia, showed patients lining the corridors of a hospital waiting to be treated.

Spain's death toll from coronavirus has topped 4,000 - with 655 new fatalities registered overnight bringing the total to 4,089

Albacete hospital

Albacete hospital

 Video taken at Albacete hospital, 85 miles west of Valencia, showed patients lining corridors after they ran out of beds and people laying on the floor from exhaustion

Albacete hospital

Albacete hospital

 The video was taken by a medic who can be heard urging the government to provide more beds and protective equipment for staff

Spain is now the second worst-affected country with coronavirus, having surpassed China's death toll Wednesday and now lags only behind .  

Thursday's death figure is dramatic but significantly better than this time yesterday, when the country posted a record-breaking 738 deaths in 24 hours - on par with 's worst days.

Spain confirmed 7,937 new cases of coronavirus Wednesday - an increase of 20 per cent - meaning Thursday's figures are roughly in line with expectations.

The clip was recorded in the Hospital of Albacete in the central Spanish region of Castilla La Mancha where 88 patients were hospitalised on Tuesday.

In the video, patients in gurneys can be seen lining the corridors of the hospital, with others sitting on chairs. 

The woman recording can be heard saying 'people are lying on the ground because they said they were exhausted'.

A Spanish soldier walks next to beds set up at a temporary hospital for vulnerable and homeless people in Barcelona

A Spanish soldier walks next to beds set up at a temporary hospital for vulnerable and homeless people in Barcelona

Ambulance workers in full protective gear arrive with a patient at the Severo Ochoa Hospital during Spain's coronavirus outbreak

Ambulance workers in full protective gear arrive with a patient at the Severo Ochoa Hospital during Spain's coronavirus outbreak

Health worker prepares to disinfect a nursing home

Health worker prepares to disinfect nursing home

Health workers are being sent into Spanish nursing homes to disinfect them, after the military said it found some residents had been abandoned by staff

Members of the military suit up as the prepare to disinfect a nursing home of coronavirus

Members of the military suit up as the prepare to disinfect a nursing home of coronavirus

She says that she was sharing the images as a call for the authorities to react to the situation as the patients cannot make their voice heard. 

She says the hospital is a bottleneck for the local health centres, adding that more beds are needed for the huge number of patients being admitted.

Man stabs flatmate who tried to break curfew

By GERARD COUZENS 

Spanish police chiefs are urging the public to report coronavirus lockdown flouters after a man was stabbed as he tried to leave home with a cough.

Jose Angel Gonzalez, the Spanish National Police's number two nationwide, encouraged people to ring the country's equivalent of 999 if they witnessed or heard about wrongdoing.

Referring to the stabbing, in the town of Mislata near Valencia in which a 31-year-old knifed his 29-year-old flatmate during a row sparked by the younger man's attempt to break curfew, he said: "The best thing people can do is call the emergency number and report what they have seen, what they've heard or found out about.

'Have no doubt that we will mobilise a patrol car to check the information out and act accordingly.'

The health worker complains that there is not enough protective equipment 'so we keep putting our health and our loved ones at risk'.

The Integrate Attention Management of Albacete, which belongs to the Health Service of the regional government of Castilla La Mancha said the increase in the number of patients in the hospital had put a lot of pressure on the emergency services.

Reports state new measures were implemented on Tuesday after the video was shared with one floor of the hospital previously dedicated to other patients now being used for those coming from the emergency room.

Another ward from the nearby Perpetuo Socorro Hospital is also available for use.

Local media report that health centres in Albacete are changing and adapting their facilities in order to attend to coronavirus patients.

Despite a national lockdown imposed on March 14, which parliament on Thursday agreed to extend until April 11, both deaths and infections have continued to mount, with officials warning this week would be particularly bad.

Spain also confirmed 8,578 new infections between Wednesday and Thursday, bringing the total from 47,610 to 56,188 (pictured, a policeman is tested for the virus in Madrid)

Spain also confirmed 8,578 new

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