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Spain overtakes US in new daily Covid-19 cases as Benidorm and Majorca see spike

Spain has overtaken the US in new daily positive coronavirus cases per million people, figures have confirmed.

It comes as Spain saw a surge of over 7,000 infections, with tourist favourites Benidorm and Majorca emerging as major hotspots.

The Brit holiday hotspot has seen its curve rise for at least two weeks now, with 81,000 new infections recorded in 14 days.

In estimates by tracker Our World in Data, which is run by researchers at Oxford University, Spain has overtaken the United States in terms of per million inhabitants.

Data is measured on a rolling seven-day average and they show Spain’s daily new confirmed cases per million people has reached 147.75 per million on August 25.

This is up from 49.20 cases per million on August 1 – illustrating the extent of the spread in the past month.

By comparison, the US has seen its confirmed cases per million fall to 128.01 for August 26.

Despite this, the country still has the highest number of infections in the world at 5,965,815.

Hard-hit regions in Spain include Brit favourites such as Majorca and Ibiza, with 908 new infections were recorded in the last 24 hours yesterday.

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It comes as Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called on the army to help deal with the escalating crisis, and deployed 2,000 military personnel to hard-hit regions.

Mr Sánchez warned the pandemic could "take control of our lives" should the surge in cases continue into the autumn.

In a televised address to the nation yesterday he said the measures will support contact tracing measures in Spain’s badly hit regions, amidst ongoing criticism of the programme from the central government.

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