Spanish coronavirus deaths slow as world nears 500,000 cases squib

Daily death toll in Spain falls for first time in a week, while Russia shuts bars and restaurants

The rate of coronavirus deaths in Spain has slowed for the first time in a week, and the United States has passed the largest stimulus package in its history, as the global number of confirmed coronavirus cases approached half a million.

Spain recorded 655 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total there to 4,089, the health ministry said on Thursday. The number of confirmed cases in Spain stood at 56,188.

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