Spain announces 10-day mourning period for coronavirus victims

Spain announces 10-day mourning period for coronavirus victims

The husband and wife were joined by their daughters Leonor, 14, and Sofia, 13, at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid.

Spain is to hold 10 days of official mourning for victims of the coronavirus epidemic that has so far claimed more than 27,000 lives, the government said Tuesday.

The official mourning until June 5 is the longest in Spain's democratic history since the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco that followed the 1936-1939 civil war.

"The mourning would have made more sense when we were all homebound, but I still think it makes a lot of sense", Alvarez said.

King Felipe VI, as Spain's head of state, will preside over a solemn ceremony to honor the dead once the country emerges from its strict lock-down rules.

A Spanish flag hoisted to half-staff flutters at Colon square in Madrid on Wednesday
A Spanish flag hoisted to half-staff flutters at Colon square in Madrid on Wednesday

The Spanish authorities declared a 10-day official mourning interval from Wednesday to honour the practically 30,000 individuals who died from the coronavirus pandemic in one of many world's worst-hit global locations, authorities spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero stated. We will honour their lives as is fitting with an official ceremony, ' she said, without specifying a date. Eight regions reported no coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours.

Spain on Monday said the virus had so far claimed 26,834 lives, revising down the death toll by almost 2,000 following a change in the system of gathering data.

Anger at the government's handling of the crisis has intensified in recent weeks, with street protests breaking out in some parts of the country.

Opposition parties had criticised Sanchez's left-wing coalition government for not paying tribute to the victims of the pandemic as Spain's high death toll became a point of political debate.

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