Spanish medics demand protection as death toll overtakes China's
Spanish medics facing chronic shortages in protective equipment have lobbied the Supreme Court to order the Health Ministry to provide supplies in the first instance.
Spain's 3,434 deaths from the coronavirus epidemic have now surpassed China's at 3,285.
Al Jazeera's Paul Brennan reports on the challenges facing front line workers in Europe.
Coronavirus cases have surged around Europe, despite strict restrictions on people's movements.
The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy rose in the past 24 hours by 427 to 3,405, overtaking the total number of deaths so far registered in China, officials said on Thursday.
Al Jazeera's Nadim Baba also reports on the developments in Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom. China has "removed" several senior officials over their handling of the coronavirus outbreak - as the death toll rises.
Some 242 deaths from the new coronavirus were recorded in the Chinese province of Hubei on Wednesday, the deadliest day of the outbreak.
There was also a huge increase in the number of cases, with 14,840 people diagnosed with Covid-19.
Hubei has started using a broader definition to diagnose people, which accounts for most of the rise in cases.
China sacked two top officials in Hubei province hours after the new figures were revealed. Italy has set another record for the most deaths from coronavirus in a single day. Nearly 1,000 people have died in the last 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to over 9,000. That's the highest number of any country, and health officials say the worst may be yet to come. Hospital wards are still full, although doctors say the number of patients is now steadying. Contagion rates appear to be slowing, giving hope that the strict social controls may be working. But the lockdown is hitting the Italian economy hard, with churches and charities struggling to care for people in need of basic supplies. As Italy marked its deadliest day of the pandemic, Pope Francis held a special service in Rome to pray for an end to the suffering. In a historic first, he performed the "Urbi et Orbi" blessing to an empty Saint Peter's Square. Spain's death toll from the coronavirus has surpassed the official figure from China, becoming the second highest in the world.
Deaths have risen by 738 in just 24 hours to a total of 3,434 - a record spike for Spain.
In comparison, China has officially reported 3,285 deaths, while Italy - the worst affected country - has 6,820.
Spain's prime minister will later ask MPs to extend his country's state of emergency for another two weeks.
Lawmakers are expected to agree to Pedro Sánchez's request for lockdown measures to stay in place until 11 April. Under the rules, people are banned from leaving home except for buying essential supplies and medicines, or for work.