OVIEDO, Spain 

With 3,434 deaths, Spain overtook China in terms of the number of mortal victims from COVID-19, according to official data released by the country’s Health Ministry on Wednesday.

In a 24-hour period, 738 people died and the total number of confirmed cases surged by nearly 8,000, hitting 47,610.

Spain also has one of the highest proportion of healthcare workers affected by coronavirus, with over 5,400 confirmed cases, according to data from Tuesday.

A doctor in Salamanca on Tuesday died from COVID-19, and healthcare workers across the country continue to report shortages of protective equipment and lack of tests.

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