The sea of crimson and gold appeared overnight on a grassy slope in Parque Roma, a park overlooking the M-30 ring road to the east of the capital.
Each of the 53,000 Spanish flags fluttering in the autumn breeze represents a person who died in Spain after contracting Covid-19 in the memorial arranged by Asociación Nacional de Víctimas y Afectados por el Coronavirus (ANVAC).
The figure far exceeds the official 30,000 death toll reported by Spain’s health ministry which only takes into account those who tested positive to the virus – mostly deaths that occurred in hospital.
Thousands more who died in residential centres or private homes but were never tested or treated for the disease are not included in the official coronavirus death toll.
Members of ANVAC gathered before dawn on Sunday morning to plant the flags on the hillside surrounding the symbol of the “bear and a madroño” which is the emblem of Madrid.
M-30 Madrid, recuerdo para los más de 50000 fallecidos por el Covid. Orgullo. pic.twitter.com/4deD3kPbQU
— Periodista Infiltrado (@infiltradoxxx) September 27, 2020
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