OVIEDO, Spain 

The death toll Friday from the coronavirus in Spain surpassed 1,000 and the number of confirmed cases approached 20,000, according to health officials. 

Reducing the transmission rate of the virus known as COVID-19 has become an urgent global goal. It is the reason why nations around the world are canceling activities, locking down citizens and halting international travel.

But researchers here hope to soon find a solution to the virus known as COVID-19.

In a pioneering clinical trial that began this week in Barcelona, scientists are examining if an already known HIV drug, darunavir, can reduce the viral

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