Coronavirus: shuttered restaurants dish out for Spain’s health workers | AFP

Restaurants in Barcelona which have closed their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic are preparing meals for the city’s healthcare workers — working nonstop in the fight against COVID-19.

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Spain sees 3rd daily drop in coronavirus deaths: 674 | AFP

The Spanish health ministry reports that the nation has seen a third consecutive daily decline in the number of people dying from the coronavirus pandemic, as the country recorded another 674 deaths on Sunday.

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Coronavirus: Barcelona residents throw balcony party | AFP

Two days after the confinement was announced in Spain, 3 roommates – Jordi Juli, Benet V. Riquelme and Àdria Cañellas – launched a party for their neighbors, from their balcony. The success was immediate, so they created Ràdio Eixample and played 40 minutes of music every Friday and Saturday night. Through social media, they interact with their neighbors, who ask them to play the songs they like or to put on a birthday song. Passers-by and even the police stop intrigued, and sometimes dance along.

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Coronavirus: Spain to extend lockdown until April 25th (Prime Minister) | AFP

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announces that the lockdown will be extended for two weeks in Spain, to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

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European car makers join in the fight against COVID-19 | AFP

Companies in Spain and Italy are adapting their production lines and abandoning their usual manufacturing to instead produce life-saving equipment during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Spain sees medical shortages as death toll mounts

Doctors and nurses in Spain face ongoing shortages at an intensive care unit near Barcelona, as the country faces a growing death toll that has now exceeded 10,000. (April 2)

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Inside Madrid, Spain | Inside The Outbreak | Associated Press

Spain has been hit especially hard by the coronavirus outbreak and the country’s death toll remains comparatively high despite a two-week lockdown. With more than 9,000 COVID-19 deaths documented, officials have been forced to convert hotels into hospitals and ice rinks into morgues. Madrid-based AP reporter Aritz Parra explains what is happening inside Spain’s overburdened medical facilities and funeral homes.

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Here are the top stories for Monday, March 30th: US Navy hospital ship arrives in NYC; NY governor issues plea for medical volunteers; Spain marks day of mourning while Italy sees glimmer of hope; Organizers set 2021 date for Tokyo Olympics.

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Here’s the latest for Sunday, March 29th: Death toll in Italy continues to climb; Hospital in Spain sanitized; Pope calls for world cease-fire amid pandemic; Tribute paid to doctors and nurses in Beirut. (March 29)

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Spain ice rink converted into morgue for COVID-19 victims | AFP

Images of workers and vehicles, including a hearse, entering and leaving the Palacio de Hielo (Ice Palace) shopping centre in Madrid where an ice rink has been converted into a temporary morgue as Spain struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus Deaths Are Skyrocketing in Spain

MADRID — Before the outbreak in Spain began, the only people who went in and out of the small hospital where Alfonso Molina Moreno works as a nurse were visitors, staffers, and cleaning crews. Patients come to Hospital La Fuenfria for long-term, palliative care and Moreno, who has worked as a nurse for 16 years, found a sense of purpose in bringing them care and company at the end of their lives.

Now, he and his colleagues worry that they’re doing harm. A few days before we spoke, patients at the facility started testing positive for COVID-19. “We don’t know where it came from,” Moreno said. “We don’t know whether we, the staff, brought it here. We don’t know whether it was due to the patients’ visitors. We don’t know the source.”

The hospital has cut off all visits. Staffers now take exhaustive precautions when working with patients who have tested positive—putting on protective equipment they dispose of in contaminated rooms and washing their hands on both sides of the door.

But there’s still a degree of uncertainty. When we spoke, Morena hadn’t been tested, and Spain’s health ministry says health workers currently make up 12-percent of positive cases. Now, as the country scrambles to contain the virus it’s ordered 640,000 test kits from China and Korea in an effort to screen health workers and the most vulnerable. The hope is that this will help identify people who need to self-isolate.

Morena isn’t just thinking of the patients he’s now caring for. He’s worried about how long the virus was in the hospital. After a patient with cervical cancer died, a post-mortem X-ray showed her lungs had advanced, bilateral pneumonia. “It could have been coronavirus, right? She wasn’t tested,” he said. “And it’s like, oh my God, to what extent—let’s see, this needs a pinch of salt but—what if it was me? That’s it. So I can’t hide it, because you really don’t know. Even with all the security measures in place, you still don’t know.”

Like everyone working despite an outbreak, Morena worries about infecting his loved ones. “I told this to my colleagues, and we have this kind of sharing moment. We’re all going through this bad phase, this suffering.” But he isn’t thinking about quitting. “I really find myself fortunate to be able to work because I have the chance to go and feel useful,” he says. He’s even volunteered to take on more shifts. “The healthcare providers, at this moment, we have to be there no matter what. Because if it is not us, who will it be then? There is no one else.”

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Here’s the latest for Thursday March 26th: Senate passes $2.2T coronavirus aid package; Biden blasts Trump coronavirus response; Over 1,000 US deaths from virus; Spain fruit & vegetable farmers try to protect workers from virus.

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Virus pummels medics in Spain and Italy

The coronavirus is waging a war of attrition against health care workers throughout the world, but nowhere is it winning more battles than in Italy and Spain, where protective equipment and tests have been in severely short supply for weeks. (March 25)

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Coronavirus: the latest on the global pandemic — 25th March | AFP

Almost a third of the world’s population is now under strict orders to stay home, as India’s population of 1.3 billion joins the global coronavirus lockdown. The number of infections and deaths has been surging around the world, with Spain’s coronavirus toll now overtaking that of China. As the virus spreads, new hotspots are beginning to appear especially in the United States. Will the country become the next active epicenter of the pandemic?

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Coronavirus: Madrid ice rink transformed into a morgue as COVID-19 death toll rises | AFP

With Madrid’s funeral services overwhelmed and hospitals on the brink of collapse from the surge in patients, officials have commandeered the Palacio de Hielo ice skating rink to serve as a temporary morgue. Spain’s coronavirus death toll is now 3,434 after 738 people died over the past 24 hours, taking the toll above that of China’s.

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday March 24th: Congress, administration reach virus aid deal; India tells it’s 1.3 billion people to stay home; Spain uses ice rink to hold coronavirus victim bodies; Tornado strikes northeast Mississippi.

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Coronavirus: Spain’s death toll rises to 2,182 | AFP

The coronavirus death toll in Spain has risen to 2,182, the health ministry says. Fernando Simón, the director of the Health Ministry’s Coordination Centre for Health Alerts, also says “a total of 33,089 cases have been reported”, representing “a total increase of 14%” in 24 hours.

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Coronavirus: the Puerta del Sol in Madrid is almost empty | AFP

Usually very busy, the Puerta del Sol in Madrid is almost empty as Spain continues its quarantine in an effort to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. The outbreak is spreading in the country, and the death toll has surpassed 2,000. IMAGES

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