OVIEDO, Spain

With 619 more deaths reported on Sunday, Spain’s official coronavirus death toll reached 16,972, the Health Ministry announced.

Sunday’s death toll is significantly higher than the 510 additional deaths reported on Saturday, but down from a peak of 950 more than a week ago.

Around 5,000 more people were also diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, bringing the total to 166,019. Of those confirmed cases, 62,391 people have recovered.

While the rate of contagion has dropped significantly, Spain’s health professionals are still at a high risk of contracting the virus. As of Saturday, nearly

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