Spain's daily death toll from coronavirus fell to 143 today, the lowest daily toll since mid-March.

Overall deaths rose to 26,621 from 26,478 and the number of diagnosed cases rose to 224,390, the health ministry said.

Some 51% of the Spanish population will progress to Phase 1 of a four-step easing plan tomorrow in certain regions that met the necessary criteria.

These include the Canary and Balearic Islands where bars, restaurants and shops will open at reduced capacity, and museums, gyms and hotels will open their doors for the first time in nearly two months.

Other regions moving into Phase 1 include Galicia, Basque Country, La Rioja, Aragón, Cantabria, Murcia, parts of Valencia.

In Andalusia, the provinces of Almería, Jaén, Córdoba, Seville, Cádiz and Huelva are in Phase 1 while Málaga and Granada will remain in Phase 0.

The country's two biggest cities - Madrid and Barcelona – do not currently meet the criteria for easing and will remain on Phase 0.

Emergency Health Chief Fernando Simon urged Spaniards not to think of it "as a race" and said it was possible Madrid would be ready to move onto the next stage within a week.

"The virus has not gone away," Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warned.