Spain has become the first European Union nation to surpass a million coronavirus infections, official data showed on Wednesday, as the government mulls fresh restrictions on public life to curb the spread of the disease.

The country recorded more than 16,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 within 24 hours, the health ministry announced on Wednesday, taking the total to more than 1,005,000 since its first case was diagnosed on January 31 on the remote island of La Gomera in the Canary Islands.

Spain, which is home to around 47 million people, is only the sixth country in the world to cross this grim milestone after the United States, India, Brazil, Russia and Argentina.

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