Spain confirmed another 812 coronavirus deaths within 24 hours on Monday, which is a total of 7,340 deaths, according to the Department of Health.
It is the first drop in deaths in 24 hours since Thursday in Spain that marks the second-deadliest outbreak in the world after Italy. Spain had 838 virus deaths on Sunday.
However, officials have pointed to a slower growth rate for both deaths and confirmed cases, and expressed hope that the outbreak will peak.
The percentage increase in deaths on Monday compared to the previous day was 12.4 percent, less than half the increase of 27 percent on Wednesday.
Spain imposed an almost complete nationwide ban on March 14 to curb the spread of the virus. It prohibited people from leaving their homes other than going to work, buying groceries and medicine, or caring for a sick relative.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced even stricter blocking measures on Saturday that will force all non-essential workers in the nation of around 47 million people to stay at home for the next two weeks.
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