However, the toll of 674 people who died during the past 24 hours was down from Saturday’s 809 and well below Thursday’s daily record of 950, the Health Ministry said.
Sunday’s rise represented a 6% increase in total deaths, about half the rate reported a week ago.
The total number of registered infections rose to 130,759 from Saturday’s 124,736.
“Today I unite (with colleagues) to give a small message of hope,” said General Miguel Angel Villarroya, chief of the defense staff, during a coronavirus briefing on Sunday. “We are on the right track and we will beat it (the virus).”
The World Health Organization’s director for Europe, Hans Kluge, tweeted about Spain: “Careful optimism as a result of bold measures, innovative approaches & courageous decisions”.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, in a televised address to the nation on Saturday, announced an extension of the state of emergency lockdown until April 26 to help tackle “the greatest crisis of our lives”.
He said while lockdown measures would probably last even longer than the next 15 days, some economic restrictions, such as keeping all non-essential workers at home, would be lifted after Easter. Shops, bars, and restaurants will, however, remain closed.
Business groups CEOE and CEPYME warned that while the new extension “will serve to accelerate the exit from the current health crisis” it could “deepen the economic recession in which many sectors and companies...are already mired”.
They called for the government to extend aid for companies to 50 billion euros ($54.04 billion) from 20 billion and suspend taxes for particularly badly hit sectors.