News World Another dark day for Spain, but less new cases spring hope

Another dark day for Spain, but less new cases spring hope

Spain awoke to its third week under near-total lockdown, as the government met to approve a strengthening of measures and the coronavirus death toll rose by a record 838 cases overnight to more than 6 and a half thousand.

Second only to Italy in fatalities, Spain also saw infections rise to 78,797 from 72,248.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, in a televised address to the nation last night, announced that all non-essential workers must stay at home for two weeks, the latest government measure in the fight against coronavirus.

He said workers would receive their usual salaries but would have to make up lost hours at a later date. The measure would last from tomorrow to April 9.

Unions welcomed the measures and business groups CEOE and CEPYME said that while they would comply with the new rule, “it will generate an unprecedented huge impact on the Spanish economy, especially in sectors such as industry”.

In Madrid, birdsong drowned out traffic on deserted streets as police reinforced patrols, stopping buses and cars to check passengers had reason to be out of their homes.

Schools, bars, restaurants and shops selling non-essential items have been shut since March 14 and most of the population is house-bound as Spain tries to curb the virus.

Top Stories

Thousands protest Australia’s national day despite COVID-19 restrictions

Thousands of people gathered in Sydney to protest against the mistreatment of Indigenous people in Australia as the country marked its national day on...

Cannabis plants found in 27-year-old’s flat in Limassol

The Drug Combating Squad yesterday arrested a 27-year-old and another person aged 32 following a research at the 27-year-old’s house. The Police are investigating...

Volunteers say living conditions at Pournara migrant center lousy

People at the Pournara migrant center in Kokkinotrimithia live in lousy conditions, volunteers reported in a letter to Interior Minister Nikos Nouris. According to the...

13,000 tablets to students in all schools

Out of a total of 12,958 tablets given to students, 4,422 which were donated and 8,536 were bought by the Education Ministry. The above was...

Mainly cloudy on Tuesday; possibility of isolated showers

Mainly cloudy on Tuesday with the possibility of isolated showers mainly in the north, the west and the mountains. The temperature will rise to around...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...