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Spain’s number of coronavirus deaths and infected cases soar in 24 hours

Spain's number of coronavirus deaths and infected cases soar in 24 hours
A delivery man wearing a face mask walks into a bakery in the centre of Burgos in northern Spain on March 15, 2020: AFP
Spain on Sunday reported some 2,000 new coronavirus cases and more than a hundred deaths over the last 24 hours, the latest spike in Europe's second-most affected country after Italy.

The new figures raise Spain's number of coronavirus infections to 7,753 — and its death toll to 288– after the government imposed a near-total nationwide lockdown, banning people from leaving home except to go to work, get medical care or buy food.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced the restrictions on movement on Saturday as part of a 15-day state of alert officially declared by his government.  

All stores except for pharmacies and supermarkets will close nationwide.

Spaniards may leave home to go to work, “buy bread”, go to the pharmacy and get medical care but “not to go have diner at a friend's house”, Sanchez said.  

El Pais have reported that people could be fined 100 euros, and even sentenced to a year in prison if they “seriously resist or disobey the authorities or their agents in the exercise of their functions.”

 


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