In Spain, which has been hit hard by the pandemic, the number of coronavirus infections has broken through the three million mark.
The number of confirmed infections rose by 16,402 within 24 hours, the health ministry said on Tuesday.
Only the United States, India, Brazil, Britain, Russia and France have reported more infections than Spain.
With 766 new deaths within 24 hours, the highest figure since April was also recorded. In total, more than 63,000 citizens in Spain have died of COVID-19.
However, there was also good news for the 47 million inhabitants of the popular holiday destination: the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days has been steadily declining since the end of January following strict restrictions on movement and assembly.
On Tuesday, according to official data, the seven-day incidence rate fell to 233 from 250 the previous day. Only a fortnight ago, a peak of almost 421 had been reported.
To contain the virus, Spain on Tuesday extended entry restrictions for Britain, South Africa and Brazil by another two weeks until March 2 due to the increased detection of virus variants in these countries, which are potentially more contagious.