Pedro Sánchez (Spanish politician)

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Spain: Prime Minister meets Madrid chief over joint Covid-19 measures
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Madrid regional premier Isabel Díaz Ayuso
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Madrid regional premier Isabel Díaz Ayuso Credit: La Moncloa

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez met Madrid regional premier Isabel Díaz Ayuso on Monday to coordinate measures against the spread of the new coronavirus, as the Madrid region has become the epicentre of the Covid-10 crisis in Spain, with more than one-third of all newly reported infections.

Sánchez stated that "Madrid needs a special plan."

The harshness of the second wave in the Community forces a change in the political climate, and the face-to-face between Pedro Sánchez and Isabel Díaz Ayuso signalled a thaw in months of frosty relations.

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Spanish government encourages communities to request a state of alert to contain Covid-19
Spanish government encourages communities to request a state of alert to contain Covid-19
Credit: Ministry of the Presidency. Government of Spain

The Spanish president Pedro Sánchez has announced that the Spanish communities need to be the ones to request the declaration of a state of alarm in their territory if they think they need it. He guarantees that whoever does so will have the support of the majority votes of the government.

The president has also announced the availability of 2,000 military personnel to track infections in the autonomous regions that need them.

Lifestyle • Travel
After a three-month lockdown, Spain is reopening its borders to tourists
Chueca neighborhood of Madrid, May 2020
Chueca neighborhood of Madrid, May 2020 Credit: Nemo / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Spain is reopening for tourism after a three-month strict lockdown. The country is welcoming back tourists, however, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez urges to uphold social distancing measures and the use of face masks. Sánchez said to remain "on our guard" as a second wave of Covid-19 "must be avoided at all costs". Portugal will keep its borders with Spain closed until July 1.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Literature
Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafón passed away aged 55
Carlos Ruiz Zafón at a book signing
Carlos Ruiz Zafón at a book signing Credit: Mutari / Public domain

Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafón has died at age 55 in his Los Angeles home. According to La Vanguardia, the bestselling novelist was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2018. Zafón wrote eight novels that were translated into over 40 languages and sold more than 38 million copies.

"We have lost one of the world’s most read and most admired Spanish writers. Carlos Ruiz Zafón, a key novelist of our epoch, made a significant contribution to modern literature," so Spanish prime minister Predo Sánchez on Twitter.

Sports • Soccer
La Liga to resume on June 11
Camp-Nou, Barcelonaa
Camp-Nou, Barcelonaa Credit: Michael Lee

Spain's La Liga will resume on June 11, three months after its suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic, announced the league's president Javier Tebas.

Tebas also informed that the 2020-21 season would start on September 12.

Last Saturday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez gave permission for the country's top two divisions to resume from June 8.

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Spain makes face masks mandatory for the usage of public transport

Following other countries, the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has announced that the use of a face mask will be mandatory on public transport. The government itself will hand out 6 million masks at mainly transport locations and distribute another 7 million to local authorities around the country.

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Spain announces Covid-19 lockdown exit strategy

Pedro Sanchez, Prime Minister of Spain, has announced a four-stage plan to release the Spanish lockdown that began on the 14th March.

Phase one will begin on the 11th May and will entail the limited opening of small shops, hotels, restaurants, and places of worship, with strict social distancing conditions.

Each phase will last a maximum of two weeks, with the move to the next stage being reviewed on a weekly basis. Spain is expected to reach its new normality by mid to late June.