Spain has recorded no new deaths from coronavirus in a 24-hour period for the first time in three months.

The total death toll was unchanged from Sunday at 27,127, the health ministry said.

It added the total number of COVID-19 infections increased by 71 in 24 hours to 239,638.

Emergency health response chief Fernando Simón described the latest stats as ‘very, very encouraging.’

‘We are in a very good place in the evolution of the pandemic,’ he said during a press conference.

‘The statistics are following a trend. They are going the right direction.’

Meanwhile, swimmers and sun-bathers turned out in droves on Monday as Spain reopened nearly all its beaches for the first time in months and the government sought to revive a tourist industry brought to its knees by the coronavirus epidemic.

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Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum also reopened its doors, the first such institution to do since the strict lockdown imposed on the country in mid-March began to be eased.

Seeking to entice international visitors back for a planned re-opening in July, the government said it aimed to guarantee health conditions.

‘It’s not a question of being the first in reopening but to reopen knowing we guarantee the health not only of residents but also of visitors,’ Industry and Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto told Telecinco TV.

Tourism accounts for one in eight jobs in Spain, the world’s second most visited country after France, and contributes more than 12% of Spanish GDP.

But revenues from tourism about halved in the four months to April and no tourists travelled to Spain at all that month because of the lockdown.

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