The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has surged by 889, the Civil Protection Agency said today, the second highest daily tally since the epidemic emerged on 21 February.

Total fatalities in Italy have reached 10,023, by far the highest of any country in the world.

Italy's largest daily toll was registered yesterday, when 919 people died.

Prior to that, there were 712 deaths on Thursday, 683 on Wednesday, 743 on Tuesday and 602 on Monday.

The total number of confirmed cases in Italy rose today to 92,472 from a previous 86,498.

Italy has the second highest number of cases, behind the United States. It surpassed China's tally yesterday.

Meanwhile, France has reported 319 more coronavirus deaths, taking its death toll to 2,314, according to an official.

Spain's coronavirus death toll rose by 832 cases overnight to 5,690, the health ministry said.

This marks a new high in the daily rise in fatalities.

The total number of those infected rose to 72,248 from 64,059 yesterday.

The Spanish parliament has voted to extend emergency measures - including the state of lockdown that has seen people confined to their homes except for essential trips for food, medicine and work - until 12 April.

"It is not easy to extend the state of emergency," Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in Parliament.

"I am convinced the only efficient option against the virus is social isolation."

Although Spain's latest figures showed a daily increase of more than 8,000 cases, the rate of new infections appears to be slowing, with officials saying the epidemic appeared to be nearing its peak.

Madrid remains the worst-hit region, with 2,757 deaths and 21,520 infections, leaving hospitals and mortuaries overwhelmed, and the regional authorities working to open a second temporary morgue in an unused public building near the airport to house the dead.

An initial site was opened last week at the ice skating rink at the Palacio de Hielo (Ice Palace) shopping centre.

With undertakers also overwhelmed, the government has authorised the army's involvement in the collection and transport of bodies for the duration of the state of emergency. 

Earlier today, Spain received a delivery of 1.2 million masks from China for health workers and those in the transport sector, the government said.

The delivery, which arrived at Madrid's Barajas airport, includes some 387,000 surgical masks for healthcare personnel, 75,000 masks for the security forces and more than 725,000 for those in the transport sector, from bus drivers to port and airport staff as well as those working for the postal service.