Madrid: After Italy, Spain has emerged the second-most affected country in Europe. On Sunday, the country reported nearly 2000 new coronavirus cases, with the death toll rising to over 100 in the last 24 hours. Also Read - SAARC Video Conference on Coronavirus: Pakistan Raises Kashmir Issue, Says ‘Restrictions Must be Lifted’
Apprehensive that the situation might worsen, the Spanish government has imposed a near-total nationwide lockdown. People have been banned from leaving their homes, except in cases where they need to buy medicines and food. Also Read - Maharashtra: Coronavirus Cases Rise to 32, PM Modi Speaks to Uddhav Thackeray
The Spanish military has also been mobilized to help deal with the coronavirus crisis and to assure essential supplies, while intercity trains and buses have seen their services reduced by 50 per cent as the number of confirmed cases in Spain has spiralled to over 6,300. Also Read - SAARC Video Conference: This is What Member Countries Said About Tackling Coronavirus
Meanwhile, the wife of Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has also tested positive for the novel coronavirus, his office said late Saturday.
The news came just three hours after Sanchez approved the imposition of a State of Alarm in Spain for the next 15 days, with shops (except those selling “essential goods”), bars, restaurants, cinemas, schools and universities all closed and travel restrictions imposed on the whole population.