Spain is the country with the second-highest number of coronavirus infections around the world. The Ministry of Health has announced there are 190,839 cases in Spain, 7,371 of which are in intensive care and a further 20,002 have died of the virus. But how long will Spain be on lockdown?
Spain is the worst affected country in Europe, with only Italy reporting more deaths on the continent.
Around the world, only the USA has more confirmed cases than Spain.
The entire country is now under lockdown after the government implemented the measure to try to stop the spread of the disease any further.
Spain has now started to lift some of the restrictions in place across the country.
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Spain’s Interior Ministry imposed a national confirmed across Spain in March.
Since then, people have been permitted to leave their homes only for valid reasons, including shopping, visiting vulnerable relatives attending a medical appointment or travelling to work for key workers only.
Dog owners are also permitted to take their pets out, bit only for brief walks.
Fines and possible arrest are the punishments levied for those who flout the rules.
Spain’s Interior Ministry boosted police presence by 260,000 officers, in addition to 131,000 military personnel.
There are also roadblocks in place to stop people from breaking the rules about driving.
So far, during the first month of lockdown from March 15 to April 14, more than half a million penalties have been issued across Spain.
In total, some 5,182 people have been arrested.
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In Madrid, there are drone patrols on the streets and blare warnings to advise people to stay at home through speakers.
In Murcia, police have sent police cars down its deserted streets and make announcements through megaphones.
As all but essential travel has now been forbidden, the Spanish Transport Minister Josè Luis Ábalos revealed road traffic has dropped to a tenth of 2019 levels.
Air travel has also dropped by half, but Mr Ábalos said there are no plans to permanently suspend air travel.
Spain closed its borders at midnight on Monday, March 16, to slow the spread of the virus.
The measure does not mean the borders are closed completely, but only Spanish citizens are permitted to cross the border into Spain.
Spanish health authorities have warned the peak of the crisis is still a few days away.
Frontline care workers have described hospitals as already operating near capacity and struggling with severe shortages of protective gear such as masks and gloves.
How long is Spain on lockdown?
Mr Ábalos warned on Monday the lockdown will “last more than 15 days” since the period would not alone be enough for the country to “win the battle” against the coronavirus.
This means the official lockdown has so far lasted for more than a month.
It is only this week that the country has begun to relax measures with some businesses reopening, but shops, bars and public spaces remaining closed.
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