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nunca say nunca?!....Spain will lockdown like Italy....
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 14, 2020 10:28AM

Spain to follow Italy into lockdown as virus cases soar

....Spain was set to follow Italy on Saturday in declaring a nationwide lockdown as European countries took ever more sweeping measures to reduce contact among people and slow the accelerating spread of the coronavirus.

China, meanwhile, where the virus first emerged late last year, continued to relax lockdown measures in its hardest-hit region.

According to a draft of the government order seen by The Associated Press, Spain’s government planned to announce tight restrictions on movement for the nation of 46 million people while declaring a two-week state of emergency. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez was due to address the nation in the afternoon.

People will be allowed to leave their homes only to buy food and medicine, commute to work, go to hospitals and banks, or take trips related to the care of the young and the elderly. Those rules will take effect at 8 a.m. (0700 GMT) Monday.

Effectively immediately, Spain is also closing all schools, universities, restaurants, bars and hotels nationwide along with non-essential stores, a step some regions have already taken.

Health authorities in Spain said the number of coronavirus infections climbed past 5,700, half of them in the capital, Madrid. That represents a national increase of over 1,500 in 24 hours. The country had 136 deaths, up from 120.

Spain has the fifth-highest number of cases, behind China, Italy, Iran and South Korea. By Saturday, more than 145,000 infections and over 5,400 deaths had been recorded worldwide.

The number of new cases has dwindled in China, but the virus has in recent weeks spread exponentially in the Middle East, Europe and North America, leading President Donald Trump to declare a state of emergency for the United States on Friday.

Europe has now become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, with countries imposing a cascade of restrictions in an effort to prevent their health systems from collapsing under the caseload. Schools, bars and shops not selling essential goods are among the places closed in many locations.

Residents in Madrid and northeastern Catalonia had already awoken Saturday to shuttered bars, restaurants and other non-essential commercial outlets as ordered by regional authorities. Madrid ordered city parks closed and Seville canceled its Easter Week processions — one of Spain’s most important religious and cultural events.

Spain’s measures to date, though, had fallen short of those ordered by Italy, the worst-hit European country, where the number of cases climbed to over 17,600, with 1,266 deaths. The government in Rome has ordered an unprecedented lockdown, ordering businesses to close and restricting people’s movement.

Mayors of many Italian cities, including Rome and Milan, decided to close public playgrounds and parks. Under a decree issued earlier in the week, people had been allowed in parks as long as they kept at least a distance of 1 meter between each other.

While limiting public life to a minimum, Premier Giuseppe Conte has said production — particularly of food and health supplies — must not stop. On Saturday morning, union and industrial leaders reached an agreement on special measures to keep factories running...........



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Re: nunca say nunca?!....Spain will lockdown like Italy....
Posted by: Lemon Drop
Date: March 14, 2020 10:46AM
Read this morning on BBC that planes headed from the UK to Spain were turned around midair yesterday.
Bizarre time to travel. Probably not worth it unless you have an exceptional situation.
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Re: nunca say nunca?!....Spain will lockdown like Italy....
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: March 14, 2020 11:17AM
A friends son was facing quarantine in Greece on Friday, his embassy (he is Argentinian) arrange a flight for him back to Buenos Aires (where he would self-quarantine at home). He just had to get to the departure airport by Sunday morning to make his flight. He found a flight to it that would get him there in time.

He was supposed to leave for Madrid this morning. I have no idea if he did.

(his last trip was to Iceland on Wow Airlines - it folded while he was there.)

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Re: nunca say nunca?!....Spain will lockdown like Italy....
Posted by: Lemon Drop
Date: March 14, 2020 11:36AM
Trump just announced UK and Ireland will be added to travel ban. Domestic restrictions under consideration.
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Re: nunca say nunca?!....Spain will lockdown like Italy....
Posted by: tronnei
Date: March 14, 2020 12:53PM
My March 22 trip to Spain officially cancelled yesterday (Friday). My wife and I were to rendezvous with my mom, who's been there for 10 days already. She and her friends are safe in a beautiful place and well stocked with supplies, so no immediate concerns. How/when they get back is an open question at this point.

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