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Monday, March 16, 2020

Spain sees another 1,000 coronavirus infections in 24 hours – half the rate of weekend numbers – after declaring state of emergency and initiating lockdowns

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  • Spain has registered nearly 1,000 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, raising the total number of cases to 8,744, the country's health ministry revealed today 
  • Over the same period, the number of deaths rose by nine to 297, with Madrid remaining the worst-affected region with 4,665 cases
  • The figure for new cases was lower than weekend numbers when 2,000 infections were detected between Saturday and Sunday and the number of deaths rose by around 100 
  • The exodus of Brits from Spain gathered speed today as airports witnessed scenes more typical of summer
  • Members of Spain's military emergency unit (UME) are being deployed at transport hubs to keep tourists safely apart at 'packed' terminals
  • Nearly 1,000 soldiers undertook reconnaissance missions in the country's main cities yesterday in the unprecedented mission to stop the spread of coronavirus 
  • Hotels in the European country continued to empty ahead of closures caused by the coronavirus crisis
  • Airports such as Malaga and Costa del Sol were 'packed', with workers claiming they had problems navigating through terminals
  • The Spanish government have declared a state of emergency over coronavirus and followed in the footsteps of Italy by implementing a two-week lockdown 
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor? 


Spain has registered nearly 1,000 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, raising the total number of cases to 8,744, the country's health ministry revealed today. 
Over the same period, the number of deaths rose by nine to 297, the ministry's emergencies coordinator Fernando Simon said, while Madrid remains the worst-affected region with 4,665 cases.
The figure for new cases was lower than weekend numbers when 2,000 infections were detected between Saturday and Sunday and the number of deaths rose by around 100.

In order to rein in the virus, Spain has declared a state of alert, shutting all but essential services and ordering its population of 46 million people to stay at home. 
People are only authorized to go out to buy food or medicine, to go to work or to get medical treatment. 
The exodus of Brits from Spain gathered speed today as airports witnessed scenes more typical of summer. 
Members of Spain's military emergency unit (UME) are being deployed at transport hubs such as South Tenerife and Malaga Airport as part of an operation to make sure people keep a safe distance from each other.
Nearly 1,000 soldiers undertook reconnaissance missions in the country's main cities yesterday in the unprecedented mission to stop the spread of coronavirus
Malaga Town Hall officials confirmed today: 'The Second Battalion of the Military Emergencies Unit is deploying in Malaga.


'In less than an hour, 100 members will begin to work with 24 vehicles at the airport, port, train station, and other locations highlighted in agreement with the town hall.'
The ports and airports in Tenerife and Gran Canaria, where the military unit has based, have been highlighted as other key areas that are being targeted.
The 900 UME members deployed during yesterday's reconnaissance mission are also understood to have studied plans to carry out the mass disinfection of focal points for the spread of coronavirus.
News of the military mobilization came as Spain's Transport Minister Jose Luis Abalos signaled the 15-day state of emergency declared on Saturday by PM Pedro Sanchez would almost certainly be extended for another fortnight because two weeks were 'not enough to win the battle' against the virus.
Declining to rule out the adoption of even more radical measures to stem the spread of coronavirus, he said: 'It's obvious we'll have to extend this situation. We'll have to see what measures we'll adopt but I don't think we'll have the capacity to win this battle in a fortnight.'


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