MADRID – Spain saw a huge leap of almost 5,000 infections in the past 24 hours, placing it in third place in the global ranking of infections behind China and Italy.Health authorities said on Saturday that the number of people who have tested positive for the pathogen reached 24,926, up from 19,980 the day before. The death rate soared to 1,326, up from 1,002 on Friday.At least 1,600 patients are in intensive care, health authorities said, admitting that these units are working at their limits.Madrid is the region with the highest number of infections, with at last 9,000 people testing positive.SPAIN CORONAVIRUS CASES SPIKE, EDGES CLOSER TO IRAN Spanish Civil Guard officers at a checkpoint to stop drivers from trying to leave the city, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Saturday, March 21, 2020. For many people the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, but for some it causes more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems.  (AP)Spain has spent a week under a state of emergency in which free movement is tightly restricted. People can only leave their homes to buy food, seek health care, for emergencies or to go to work in essential industries.Fernando Simón, the

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