Spain’s coronavirus death rate has started increasing again after falling for four consecutive days.
Another 743 patients have lost their lives over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities in the country to 13,798.
The health ministry said total number of Covid-19 cases rose to 140,510 from 135,032 yesterday.
Although Spain has had the highest number of deaths in the world after Italy its figures were beginning to fall last week.
A total of 5,478 new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours compared 4,273 the day before. However this was down slightly on the 6,023 announced on Sunday.
Deputy emergency health director Maria Jose Sierra insisted Spain was still on the right track despite the rise.
Blaming it on an accumulation of cases which had not been reported from the weekend, she said:
‘The increase in cases is 4 per cent on yesterday. This is due to the weekend adjustment. It is still a downwards tendency. The regional health authorities tell us they’re starting to see a reduction in the pressure on hospital intensive care units.’
Spain’s Parliament is expected to approve a two-week extension of the state of emergency to April 26 on Thursday.