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On Sunday, Spanish children were allowed to leave for the first time in six weeks, as the number of daily deaths dropped to the lowest level in more than a month.

The Health Ministry said on Sunday that the death toll in one day was 288 – its lowest level since March 20 – and a drop from 378 on Saturday.

More than 23,000 people have already lost their lives due to the pandemic in Spain, the third highest count in the world after the USA and Italy.

But officials, who believe the worst is over, have taken steps to ease one of the most difficult roadblocks in the world.

Spain issued a strict order to stay home on March 14, confining almost 47 million people in their homes in an attempt to slow the spread of the epidemic.

Unlike other countries in Europe and the rest of the world, children in Spain were unable to leave, with only adults allowed to leave the house to buy food, medicine, walk the dog briefly or because of a medical emergency.

However, as of today (April 26), minors under the age of 14 can leave once a day, for an hour between 9 am and 9 pm local time, accompanied by a parent and not more than one kilometer from their home.

All Spaniards will be allowed to exercise and stroll next weekend, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Saturday.

The government will release its broader blockade exit plan on Tuesday that is likely to be implemented in the second half of May, he added.

The Ministry of Health said more than 98,000 people have recovered from the deadly virus.

Health officials said Spain's COVID-19 epidemic peaked on April 2, when it registered 950 deaths in 24 hours.

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