Spain considers nationwide lockdown as coronavirus cases surge
According to a draft of the decree — details of which were reported in the Spanish media and the Associated Press — residents will only be able to leave their residences to buy essential goods, go to work, medical appointments or to banks. The restrictions could come into place on Monday morning.
After Italy, Spain has been the hardest-hit country in Europe, with the number of confirmed coronavirus cases jumping by more than 1,500 over night. As of Saturday, Spain had more than 5,750 confirmed cases. The number of deaths doubled overnight to 136.
As news of a lockdown emerged, planes carrying holidaymakers from Britain turned around midflight, tracking data showed.
If confirmed, the nationwide measures would follow a similar move by Italy earlier this week, as coronavirus brings about a level of disruption to daily life on the continent unprecedented since the end of World War II. The World Health Organization on Friday declared Europe as the “epicenter” of the global pandemic, with more cases reported from the continent …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]