Spain declares 10-day official mourning for COVID-19 victims

Spain declares 10-day official mourning for COVID-19 victims

People walk past the Fountain of the Fallen Angel as they enjoy the sunny weather at Retiro Park am
People walk past the Fountain of the Fallen Angel as they enjoy the sunny weather at Retiro Park which reopened for the first time in more than 2 months amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

MADRID: The Spanish government declared a 10-day official mourning period from Wednesday (May 27) to honour the nearly 30,000 people who died from the coronavirus pandemic in one of the world's worst-hit countries, government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero said.

During the mourning period, flags will fly at half-mast all over the country's public buildings and navy ships, she told a news briefing after a cabinet meeting.

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The period will end with an official ceremony led by the head of state in remembrance of the 26,834 fatalities recorded in the country. Spain has reported a total of 235,400 confirmed cases of the disease.

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Source: Reuters

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