The total number of people diagnosed with coronavirus (Covid-19) in Spain rose to 1,204 on Monday, health authorities said.
All 30 who have died from the virus were over 69 years old, with many living in nursing homes.
The first person to die from the virus was a 69-year-old man from Valencia who had recently travelled to Nepal. It was first thought that he died from pneunomia but tests later proved the cause was the virus.
The Spanish stock exchange fell 7 per cent today after trading started, the worst collapse since the Iraq War in 2003.
On Monday Vitoria-Gasteiz, a city of 250,000 people in the Basque region, became the first Spanish city to order the closure of all schools for 15 days.
Police advised people confined to their houses because of coronavirus they will face fines of €600,000 if they break the lock down order.
Some 60 cases originated among people who attended the service in the Basque city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, health authorities said.
Thirty-nine of those 60 cases were in the La Rioja region, with most of them in the town of Haro and Casalarreina.
Pedro Sanchéz, the Spanish prime minister, is to join a meeting of the health ministry today to assess the next steps to take to try to contain the virus.
Asisto esta mañana al Comité de Seguimiento del #Coronavirus. Mi reconocimiento a los profesionales sanitarios, especialmente en las CC.AA. de Madrid, País Vasco y La Rioja que están realizando un gran esfuerzo. Su labor es reflejo de nuestro sólido Sistema Nacional de Salud.
— Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) March 9, 2020
Two schools in the Basque Country in northwestern Spain have closed after cases were diagnosed at each school.
FC Barcelona has announced it will hold the Champions League match against Naples on 18 March behind closed doors.
A pupil at the school which Princess Leonor and her sister Princess Sofia attend has been diagnosed with coronavirus.
Princess Leonor is first in line for the Spanish throne after her father, King Felipe VI.
The Enseñanza Santa María de los Rosales in Madrid is remaining open.
A spokesman for the royal household said: “Like most parents, King Felipe and Queen Sofia are trying to maintain normality for their children. The girls are going to school today.”
by Graham Keeley