A woman waves a Spanish flag after applauding in support of health workers, during lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Ronda, southern Spain, April 18, 2020. Image Credit: Reuters

Spain's death toll surged over 40,000 on Wednesday with infections passing the 1.4 million mark, while the rate of new cases continued to grow, health ministry data showed.

The virus has now claimed 40,105 lives in Spain, which has the fourth-highest death rate within the European Union after the United Kingdom, France and Italy.