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Day 7 of the lockdown in Spain

Stats for Spain: 18890 with 1083 deaths. This is up from 8000 a week ago when there were 200 deaths. I am using the Washington Post site every day to maintain consistency, other sites may vary. For example, the national paper El Pais for example shows that there are “21.570 infectados y 1.094 muertos.” Another concerning development – Madrid’s hospitals are at double capacity https://elpais.com/sociedad/2020-03-20/las-uci-de-varios-hospitales-de-madrid-ya-estan-al-doble-de-su-capacidad-con-pacientes-de-coronavirus.html


Here is what the lock down orders here say:

During the state of alarm, citizens and vehicles will only be allowed to travel on public roads and streets for the following activities:

The purchase of foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals and essential items.

To attend health centers.

To go to work or to provide employment services.

To return to your usual residence.

To assist and care for seniors, minors, dependants, the disabled, or people who are particularly vulnerable.

In cases of force majeure or of necessity. Posted at https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-03-15/spains-state-of-alarm-the-key-measures-that-are-now-in-place.html

Trash service continues as does bus transport. You can only enter the bus by the side door to reduce contact with the driver. When we have been out to get supplies the buses we have seen have been empty or carrying only one or two people. The street traffic is a fraction of its former self.

At 8 p.m. the clapping starts every night. Cars passing by honk happily also for our health care workers. We can see a couple we know on the same flight as ours a few buildings down. On the 19th, what would have been the last day of Fallas, we had a fireworks on our street. It was short but sweet.

The Spanish are treating this matter very seriously but not without a sense of humor. Check out the videos below! (posted on my Youtube channel)

Italy now has 38,500 active cases. Our friends there said that the streets of Rome are finally empty, blaming the crisis there on the unwillingness of people to follow the order to stay at home. The number of cases in Germany has mushroomed. Everywhere in Europe is up. The US has surpassed Spain in total numbers, with comparatively few deaths reported so far.

I am so glad they included the score!

The daily mascleta (enormous firework displays) takes off in this courtyard

The Ofrenda is a huge parade where they place flowers on a gigantic frame that forms Mary’s cape.

By Gary Kirkpatrick

Artist and travel blogger.

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