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Spain registered 281 deaths from coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total toll to 24,824, confirming the slowdown in the pandemic, according to figures released on Friday.

On Thursday, the reached its lowest since March 20 with 268 deaths.

But the news was soured by controversy as hundreds of people failed to observe social distancing rules as they attended the Madrid authorities’ closure of a large field hospital set up at the city’s conference and exhibition centre.

The venue had treated thousands of COVID-19 patients since March.

The facilities will remain in