Madrid schools close for two weeks amid virus

Spain adopts new measures as coronavirus cases surge

Spain adopts new measures as coronavirus cases surge

Health Minister Salvador Illa announced the closures while giving a second daily update on virus infections in Spain.

As of 6pm (1am on Thursday, Singapore time) there were 2,140 cases in Spain, up from 1,639 on Tuesday, a ministry statement said. Footage of empty shelves in supermarkets in Madrid are now emerging showing the extent of the panicked reaction of residents in the Spanish capital.

Health authorities in Spain continue to see a rapid rise in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. "Thank God both the father and myself can work from home", said Ester Force as she dropped her child at a Madrid primary school.

Deaths in the region, where cases have mostly been found in nursing homes and among health workers, went up 16 to 21 since Monday.

All of Madrid's state-run museums, together with the Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza, will likely be closed to the general public due to the coronavirus epidemic that has hit the Spanish capital, authorities mentioned on Wednesday.

The coronavirus outbreak has infected 43 people in the Republic of Ireland and caused the death of one elderly woman with an underlying health condition.

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Committing to regularly update representatives from the opposition parties on the status of COVID-19 response efforts. Late Friday, Global Affairs Canada encouraged all Canadians overseas to return home by commercial means.

According to official figures, Italy had just 20 cases of coronavirus on 21 February but things have escalated in the space of three weeks and now the entire country is on lockdown with sporting events suspended, schools and universities closed and social gatherings forbidden.

A similar decision was taken in the other two risk areas: La Rioja and the cities of Vitoria and Labastida in the Basque Country, all located in the north of the European nation.

Madrid-Spain will shut all schools in the Madrid region for two weeks and send 1.2 million pupils home from Wednesday as the country starts to follow Italy's lead in taking drastic measures to try to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The measure would affect 63,000 students, Basque newspaper El Correo said.

Deaths in Spain have been reported in Cataluna, Comunidad Valenciana, Aragon, Pais Vasco and in Comunidad de Madrid.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the government was preparing what he called a "shock therapy" plan to mitigate the impact of the virus on the economy.

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