OVIEDO, Spain

With an additional 551 deaths tallied since yesterday, Spain’s official COVID-19 death toll has reached 19,130, Spain’s Health Ministry said Thursday.

But the central government’s death count does not include data reported last night by the government of Catalan, which includes Barcelona, home to some 5.6 million people.

On Wednesday, Catalonia began to include data from funeral services to calculate the total COVID-19 death toll. The new methodology nearly doubled the region’s total death count and includes 1,810 more deaths in nursing homes, 62 from a social health center, and 456 people who died at home.

The government

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