Spanish officials reported 738 new deaths today, the country’s biggest daily jump so far, taking the total from 2,696 to 3,434.
The figure is now higher than the 3,285 people who have died in mainland China, where the outbreak began in late 2019.
Italy has the world’s highest death toll, with 6,820. Total infections are 69,176.
Spain’s total number of infections also rose by 20 per cent today, with 7,937 new cases bringing the total from 39,673 to 47,610.
Following a nine-hour-long meeting, Senegalese President Macky Sall said a state of emergency was declared in a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, adding free movement would be limited for the next three months.
Sall said demonstrations and rallies were prohibited, public spaces would be closed, and a curfew would be in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. while transportation between cities has been restricted and could be completely banned if necessary.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on TV and said a three-week-long curfew would be in effect due to coronavirus fears.
Ramaphosa said shops, pharmacies, banks and gas stations would remain open along with the stock exchange in Johannesburg.
According to the latest official statements, Senegal currently has 79 confirmed coronavirus cases while South Africa has 402.
After emerging in Wuhan, China last December, the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, has spread to at least 168 countries and regions, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.
The number of confirmed cases worldwide totals 378,287 and the death toll now tops 16,000, while over 100,000 people have recovered.
The jump in cases was driven by a jump in infected travellers arriving from abroad, while more locally transmitted cases crept into its daily tally. .
China had 78 new cases on Monday, the National Health Commission said, a two-fold increase from a day earlier.
Of the new cases, 74 were imported infections, up from 39 a day earlier.
Wuhan, capital of Hubei province and epicentre of the outbreak in China, reported one new case, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday, following five days of no new infections.
Three other local infections were reported elsewhere in the country.