The total death toll today rose by just over 10%, about the same rate as the previous day.
European nations facing high demand for intensive care beds were putting up makeshift hospitals, unsure whether they would find enough healthy medical staff to run them.
While in mid-March, 20% more cases were being reported each day, the number has now come down to an average of less than 10%. But the virus has continued to spread, overburdening the health system and straining supplies of crucial medical equipment.
Health Minister Salvador Illa said the growth rate of contagion was slowing and, after the peak was over, "the second stage will be to reverse it and the third to eradicate the virus".
Total death toll caused by the disease was 10,003 while the number of cases registered rose to 110,238 from 102,136 on Wednesday, Spain's health ministry said.
The dead have included a 16-year-old in France, a 12-year-old in Belgium and Ismail Mohamed Abdullah, 13, in Britain, whose family said the "gentle and kind" boy had no underlying health issues.
The total number of deaths reported in the last 24 hours is 950 persons.
Among the latest known US fatalities was a six-week-old baby who was taken to a CT hospital late last week.
19,259 of those cases have completely recovered so far. "This is absolutely heartbreaking".
Around half a million self-employed workers have also requested special assistance made available to those who have lost more than 75% of their business due to the coronavirus crisis.
"We're going to have a couple of weeks, starting pretty much now, but especially a few days from now, that are going to be horrific", he said.
Stay-at-home orders have forced large and small businesses to curtail output or shut altogether: more than 80 per cent of Americans across 39 states are now under orders to remain at home. They now state that the measures being applied are taking effect.
The Spanish government are hopeful restrictions imposed on the public will begin to be reflected in the number of cases shortly as the country recently had the unfortunate milestone of overtaking China in confirmed cases.
Almost 900,000 jobs have been lost in Spain since lockdown measures were enforced in mid-March.