Spain has suffered its worst day yet in the coronavirus outbreak with a record 9,222 new cases and another all-time high of 849 new deaths.
The hundreds of new deaths bring the total from 7,340 to 8,189, the second-highest tally in the world.
The number of total cases rose from 85,195 to 94,417 in the latest figures, a 10.8 per cent increase which puts an end to several days of falling infection rates.
The 9,222 new cases included 3,419 in the Madrid region, which accounts for nearly half the total deaths, and another 2,616 in Catalonia, the government said.
Spain has already become the third country in the world to overtake China’s total infection count, after Italy and the United States also did so.
The government in Madrid is enforcing even tighter stay-at-home rules this week despite the resulting economic standstill.
Authorities are imposing a two-week halt to all non-essential economic activity, which came into effect on Monday.
Hundreds of thousands of Spaniards have already applied for unemployment subsidies since the confinement measures began in mid-March.
A 200-billion euro aid package, much of it from public funds, has been rolled out to help workers and companies cushion the drop in production.
Hospitals are seeing scores of medical workers falling ill and requiring quarantine, while the arrival of protective gear is suffering delays.
Crews of workers and soldiers have been frantically building more field hospitals in the capital and surrounding towns.
The Madrid region is among six of Spain’s 17 regions at their limit of ICU beds. Three more, according to officials, are close to it.