Spain today announced 324 new coronavirus deaths while the number of cases in the country rose by nearly 5,000 to 24,926.
The Spanish Ministry of Health said today that COVID-19 deaths rose to 1,326 from 1,002 in 24 hours.
News of the rising death toll came when it was revealed that over 31,000 people were fined for breaking blockade rules announced by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez last Saturday.
Another 350 have been arrested nationwide, revealed Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska.
A popular photo made available by the Spanish Ministry of Defense shows a member of the Spanish Military Emergency Unit disinfecting the seats amid the spread of the coronavirus in the seaport of Malaga in southern Spain today. Spain faces seventh day of national blockade in an attempt to slow the spread of pandemic disease COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2
Catalan police officers wearing trademarks stop a car at a checkpoint while authorities monitor public movements in Barcelona, Spain today
People walk past closed shops and restaurants near the Sagrada Familia basilica in the center, in Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday
Police stopped a couple caught having sex in a car parked on the street in Madrid’s Villaverde neighborhood.
He was told to go home after claiming that he could not get intimate with each other where they lived because they shared with too many people.
Several people were fined by the police in Alicante after discovering that they were taking turns taking the same dog for a walk.
Four other people were fined after police stopped a rave in a hotel nightclub in Leganes near the Spanish capital in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Members of the Spanish armed forces disinfect the Puerta del Sol metro and train station as the country works to stop the spread of the coronavirus yesterday in Madrid, Spain
A member of the Military Emergency Unit (EMU) of the Spanish army disinfects the main train station in Alicante, south-east Spain, last week
Yesterday a priest offers a mass in an empty church in As Caldas, Ourense, Galicia, northern Spain
A South American man was arrested by police in Malaga on Thursday near the city’s Maria Zambrano train station, after getting on strangers on the street and hugging them without their consent.
On Tuesday, a 40-year-old woman was arrested near the city of Zaragoza in northern Spain for spitting at police officers called to her home because of an illness. A coronavirus test on her came back positive on Thursday.
The state of emergency introduced just before midnight last Saturday in Spain limits the ability of people to leave home.
Going to work and to supermarkets to buy food is allowed, as well as a short walk with the dog near the normal place of residence so that he can relieve himself. Jogging or a cycle, even alone, is not allowed.
Several Civil Guard officers oversee a security check at a Valencia motorway exit in eastern Spain today
Customers exercise a social distance in the queue, waiting outside a market, in Pamplona, in northern Spain, today. For many people coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, but for some it causes more serious diseases, especially in older adults and in people with existing health problems
Spanish Civil Guard officer at a checkpoint to stop drivers trying to leave the city today, in Pamplona, northern Spain
Clothing stores, pubs, restaurants, theaters and cinemas are closed.
The blockade is expected to last two weeks, but Spanish government ministers have already said they expect to extend it and have warned that the next few days will be the worst so far.
German cases have also increased dramatically today, to 2,705 to 16,662, according to the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases.
He said a total of 47 people died after testing positive, an increase of 16 compared to a count of 31 released on Friday.
Hundreds of millions of people around the world kicked off the weekend with a coronavirus blockade, while the global death toll has accelerated and the World Health Organization has warned young people that “they are not invincible” .
The pandemic completely disrupted life across the planet, drastically restricting the movement of huge populations, closing schools and businesses and forcing millions of people to work from home – while many have completely lost their livelihood.
While President Donald Trump insisted that the United States were “winning” the war against the virus, individual states significantly tightened restrictions, with New York and Illinois joining California to order residents to stay home .
World Health Organization (WHO) director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a press conference on the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Geneva, Switzerland, 16 March 2020.
Dr Ghebreyesus said the insect could put a young man “in hospital for weeks” and could even be fatal while speaking at a virtual press conference in Geneva. Pictured: a man buying food in a New York fast food restaurant yesterday
Airport staff welcome members of a Shenyang medical care team upon returning home after helping yesterday with the COVID-19 coronavirus recovery effort in Wuhan, Shenyang, northeastern China’s Liaoning province.
The death toll of the virus has increased by over 11,000 worldwide, of which only 4,000 in the most affected Italy, where the daily number of victims has increased unceasingly in the last week.
While the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions are most affected by the virus, WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that young people were also vulnerable.
‘Today I have a message for young people: you are not invincible.
“This virus could take you to the hospital for weeks or even kill you,” said Tedros.
“Even if you don’t get sick, the choices you make about where you go could be the difference between life and death for someone else.”
China reported no new local infections on Saturday for the third consecutive day and WHO said that the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus emerged late last year, offered a glimmer of “hope for the rest. of the world”.
Chinese commuters wear protective masks while riding a bicycle at the end of the working day yesterday in Beijing, China. With the pandemic hitting the world hard, China recorded its third day with no new internal coronavirus cases today
Chinese construction workers wear protective masks as they leave a site at the end of the working day yesterday in Beijing, China
But there are growing concerns about a new wave of “imported” infections in the region, with Hong Kong reporting 48 suspected cases on Friday – its biggest daily jump since the start of the crisis.
Many of them have a recent history of travel to or from Europe.
Across Europe, governments continued to rigorously impose blockade measures while the continent’s most celebrated avenues and squares remained silent and empty even when the warm spring weather arrived.
Italy reported its worst single day, adding another 627 deaths and bringing the total reported to 4,032 despite efforts to stem the spread.
The 60 million nation now accounts for 36% of coronavirus deaths worldwide and its 8.6% mortality rate among confirmed infections is significantly higher than in most other countries.
Shoppers with protective masks are pictured waiting to enter the supermarket, at a safe distance, during the national blockade to check the coronavirus spread today
Local police officers carry out checks on a road block in via Salaria, today applying the emergency block in via Nomentana, Rome, Italy
People wait in line in front of a supermarket in via Prati Fiscali in Rome, Italy today. The number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus in Italy has now exceeded the death toll for all of China, where the epidemic originated
Police stop a pedestrian in a public park to check documents in the Martesana district while the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in the Martesana district, in Italy today
France, Italy, Spain and other European countries have told people to stay home, threatening fines in some cases, and Bavaria has become the first region in Germany to order a blockade.
Britain, in line with EU neighbors, has also announced stricter restrictions, telling pubs, restaurants and theaters to close and promising to help cover the wages of the workers concerned.
With fears of viruses affecting the United States, its largest state in California – with over 1,000 cases and 19 deaths – has told its 40 million residents to stay home.
People use an outdoor gym in Oak Hill Park, north London, Great Britain, on March 21, 2020. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged UK citizens to avoid unnecessary social contacts, to work from home where possible and to close schools, pubs and restaurants
A man wearing a protective mask gets off a bus on Westminster Bridge in central London on March 21 2020, a day after the British government said it would help cover wages for people affected by the coronavirus epidemic while restrictions were restricted to curb the spread of the disease
The state of New York, which reported over 7,000 cases and 39 deaths, followed suit on Friday, ordering its nearly 20 million residents to do the same since Sunday evening.
Trump applauded the New York and California decisions, but said he did not think national blocking was needed.
“Those are really two outbreaks,” he said. “I don’t think we’ll ever find (an American-wide block) necessary.”
United States President Donald Trump addresses the coronavirus task force’s daily briefing as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence and director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci listen to the White House yesterday
COVID-19 warning signs can be seen last night in Times Square in New York City
A commuter waits for an L-shaped train during the Loop’s rush hour yesterday in Chicago, Illinois. The train platform would normally be full of commuters by now, but most companies have chosen to telework their employees to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.
Shortly after the president spoke, the Illinois governor ordered residents of the Midwest state to stay home and the Connecticut governor did the same.
Stay orders at home block the three most populous cities in the United States – New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Trump also announced on Friday that the United States and Mexico have decided to limit non-essential travel across their border starting on Saturday.
Meanwhile, staff from the office of American Vice President Mike Pence, the flagship man for Washington’s response to the outbreak, have tested positive for coronavirus.
France stated that over 4,000 people were fined on the first day of imprisonment and that ministers described those who break the rules as “idiots”.
Yesterday, French police officers stopped members of the public to inspect documents in Concorde Square last night, while France is in a state of blockade to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
French soldiers prepare material for the installation of a military field hospital at the Emile Muller Hospital in Mulhouse, eastern France, today, on the fifth day of a severe blockade in France to stop the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus
France stated that over 4,000 people were fined on the first day of imprisonment and that ministers described those who break the rules as “idiots”. Pictured: French Gendarmes checking documents of a citizen in Paris yesterday
Strict measures follow the pattern established by China, as a blockade imposed in the province of Hubei, of which Wuhan is the capital, seems to have paid off.
Europe now accounts for over half of the world’s victims of COVID-19.
However, accurate figures are difficult to obtain, as many of those who die suffer from other diseases and the infection rate is uncertain due to the lack of testing in many countries.
Firefighters wearing protective masks carry out disinfection work due to the coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19) on Thursday in Tehran, Iran. The death toll in Iran from the coronavirus epidemic rose to 1284
Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei sends a message of hope for the Iranian new year, despite rising coronavirus rates in the country yesterday
Firefighters wearing protective masks carry out disinfection work due to the coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19), Thursday in Tehran, Iran
Cubans who wear protective coatings on their faces and gloves as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus, have marked a taxi outside Jose Marti International Airport after arriving in Havana, Cuba yesterday
The shadow of the virus is also growing in Africa and the Middle East.
Gabon confirmed the second known death of sub-Saharan Africa, with cases reported across Africa of more than 900 and rapidly growing.
In Iran, both supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani promised that the country would overcome the outbreak, but still refused to join the rest of the world by imposing heavy restrictions.
Bolivian soldiers stand guard at the presidential palace in La Paz, after the government asked residents to stay indoors to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in La Paz, Bolivia on Thursday
View of empty streets after a curfew has been enacted today in Cali, Colombia. Colombian authorities confirmed 17 new coronavirus cases on March 20, bringing the number of infected people in the country to 145, none of them fatal, but one recovered
Police and military forces took security measures during the mandatory isolation simulation in Bogota, today the Colombian authorities announced a mandatory isolation simulation as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 in different cities of the country
In Latin America, Cuba and Bolivia have both announced that they will close their borders and Colombia has declared that mandatory isolation will begin on Tuesday.
The pandemic sparked fear of a global recession, hitting the world’s stock markets and prompting governments to push huge spending plans to limit the damage.
The global sports calendar, destroyed by the pandemic, still has a big event coming up that hasn’t been canceled yet: the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.