Coronavirus: Spain Closes Borders as PM’s Wife Tests Positive

  • Following Italy, public life in France and Spain has also been largely paralyzed.
  • The First Ladies of Spain and Canada have both tested positive for the virus.
  • France and Germany carried out local elections in the shadow of the pandemic.

Europe is gradually becoming the hardest hit by the new coronavirus epidemic, and the Spanish government has declared a two-week state of emergency nationwide to limit personal movements. Many places, such as France, have also closed down shops and entertainment establishments that have nothing to do with basic living needs.

Pedro Sánchez is a Spanish politician serving as Prime Minister of Spain since 2 June 2018. He has also been Secretary-General of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) since June 2017, having previously held that office from 2014 to 2016.

However, in the shadow of the epidemic, local elections in France and Bavaria, Germany, are still ongoing. Restaurants and shops are closed, borders are blocked, and travel restrictions have been imposed. The coronavirus epidemic has hit Europe in all its aspects.

Following Italy, public life in France and Spain has also been largely paralyzed. The Madrid government announced on Saturday the implementation of a “citadel” initiative to limit personnel movements. Most shops, restaurants, and cafes in France have been required to close. In Berlin, bars, cinemas, and theaters are also closed, and institutions such as hospitals and nursing homes are almost completely closed off to visitors.

As of Saturday night, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University in the United States, the number of patients infected with the new coronavirus worldwide has reached more than 150,000. The number of people infected in Germany has reached 4,547 on Sunday morning, and there are currently eight deaths.

According to Agence France-Presse’s calculations, deaths have occurred in 137 countries around the world, and a total of more than 5,700 people have died of new coronavirus pneumonia. While the number of new infections in China is declining, the outbreak in Europe is getting worse, with more than 21,000 confirmed cases in Italy, and more than 1,400 deaths. Spain, France, and Germany are among the worst affected countries in Europe, after Italy.

Spain: National Restriction on Movement

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

In view of the rapid spread of the virus, and a large number of people being unwilling to respond to the government’s call to reduce social activities, more and more governments have begun to take drastic measures. After Italy, the Spanish government has taken the toughest measures.

Madrid announced that the entire country has entered a 14-day state of emergency, demanding that people do not travel, except to go to work and buy necessities. Except for all the classes that have been closed before school, all stores and places of business that have nothing to do with the basic needs of life will be closed.

From Sunday, all restaurants, bars, cafés, discotheques, and cinemas are closed. Most stores are also closed, with the exception of food stores, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, and newsstands. Austria has taken similar steps before.

Spain’s Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement on Saturday night saying that the wife of Prime Minister Sanchez has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus infection. Sanchez himself will also be quarantined for 14 days. In addition to the wife of the Prime Minister of Spain, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. In many countries, high-level political circles have also heard the news of the new coronavirus diagnosis.

According to the White House, President Trump’s coronavirus test was negative. The US president had previously met with a Brazilian official who was later found to be infected with the new coronavirus.

Local Elections Continue in France and Germany

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has called on French people to “observe discipline” in the event of an outbreak. However, under the shadow of the epidemic, the first round of municipal elections on March 15 were still held as planned. The French government has called on the people not to shake hands during the vote and to keep one meter apart.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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