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Coronavirus live: US death toll passes 50,000 as Trump says disinfectant comments were sarcasm

Spain: 'more people recovering than catching' coronavirus

More on the latest figures from Spain (see earlier blog entry).

The daily death toll of 367 was the lowest in over a month, since March 22. Health chiefs say the number of people being cured of COVID-19 was 3,105 in the past 24 hours -- higher than the 2,796 newly confirmed cases.

"It's the first day that we can give a number of people who've recovered that's higher than that for newly confirmed cases," said Fernando Simón, director of the Coordination Centre for Health Emergencies.

The total number of cases in Spain stands at 219,764 as of Friday, including 32,295 health workers.

Trump says disinfectant comments were sarcasm

US President Donald Trump says his comments suggesting people can ingest or inject disinfectant to fight COVID-19 was an attempt at sarcasm.

Trump noted Thursday that researchers were looking at the effects of disinfectants on the virus and wondered aloud if they could be injected into people, saying the virus “does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.”

But speaking to reporters in the Oval Office Friday, Trump insisted his comments were misconstrued. “I was asking the question sarcastically to reporters like you, just to see what would happen,” Trump said.

Trump’s comments on disinfectants at Thursday’s briefing came after William Bryan, who leads the Science and Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security, spoke about how researchers are testing the effect of disinfectants on virus-laden saliva and respiratory fluids on surfaces. (AP)