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Spain's confirmed coronavirus cases rise to 716,481

FILE PHOTO: Health workers push a stretcher with a patient in the emergency unit at 12 de Octubre hospital amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Madrid, Spain, September 2, 2020. REUTERS/Juan Medina

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s cumulative tally of confirmed coronavirus infections rose by 12,272 on Friday from the previous day to 716,481, health ministry data showed.

That included 4,122 diagnosed in the last 24 hours, but these daily figures tend to end up much higher after retroactive updates of the infection tally, having exceeded 10,000 cases per day for most of last week.

The total number of COVID-19 fatalities reached 31,232 from 31,118 reported on Thursday. Daily deaths are now around their highest levels since early May, but are well below the late March record of nearly 900.

Reporting by Jessica Jones; Editing by Hugh Lawson