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Coronavirus has pushed the death toll in England to its highest level since official weekly statistics began in 2005, with fatalities running at almost 40% above the average.
The Office for National Statistics said that in the week to 3 April, 16,387 people died in England and Wales, an increase of 5,246 deaths compared with the previous week and 6,082 more than the five-year average, reports Robert Booth.
Coronavirus deaths in Spain rose slightly over the past 24 hours to 567, compared to 510 yesterday, according the ministry of health. This brings the total number of deaths to 18,056, and the total number of recorded cases to 172,451.
Businesses in the construction and manufacturing sectors tentatively reopened yesterday – a public holiday – after the Spanish government relaxed some lockdown measures put in place two weeks ago that confined most people to their homes.