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Hundreds mourn their dead at Seville mass for virus victims

Seville - Hundreds of people who lost loved ones to coronavirus joined a huge funeral mass at Seville Cathedral on Thursday in one of the largest public gatherings in Spain since the lockdown.

Healthcare staff win top Spain prize for 'spirit of sacrifice'

Madrid - Spain's healthcare workers won the prestigious Princess of Asturias prize Wednesday, with the jury hailing their "heroic spirit of sacrifice" in risking their own lives in the frontline fight against COVID-19.

Spain eyes new tax to rubbish plastic packaging

Madrid - The Spanish government on Tuesday proposed new legislation on rubbish that seeks to dramatically reduce single-use plastic packaging, notably by taxing it.

Spain govt okays basic income scheme to tackle poverty

Madrid - Spain's leftwing government approved a minimum basic income scheme on Friday to tackle a spike in poverty stemming from the virus crisis that has forced many families to rely on food aid.

Spain govt under fire over Women's Day March on eve of outbreak

Madrid - Spain's left-wing government was facing growing pressure Wednesday after a damning report emerged criticising its decision to permit a huge March 8 rally in Madrid as the epidemic gathered pace.

Spain health workers protest at virus shortages

Madrid - Spanish health workers on the front line of the fight against coronavirus gathered on Monday outside hospitals in the Madrid region to rally against shortages of protective equipment.

Parks packed, terraces open as Madrid and Barcelona celebrate easing

Madrid - Hundreds of Madrid residents flooded to the city's parks as lockdown measures were finally eased in the Spanish capital and in Barcelona, while beaches reopened in parts of the country after months-long closures.

First Spanish beaches to reopen as lockdown eases

Madrid - Coronavirus lockdown measures will finally be eased for people in Madrid and Barcelona from Monday, while elsewhere in Spain the first beaches are due to reopen.

Europe lifts virus shutters as Japan ends emergency

Madrid - Europeans flocked to parks, gyms and pools on Monday as more countries eased coronavirus restrictions, while Japan lifted its state of emergency but urged vigilance to avoid another wave of infections.

Spain to reopen to tourists as South America named virus hotspot

Madrid - Spain said on Saturday it would let in foreign tourists and restart top league football in the coming weeks, accelerating Europe's exit from strict virus lockdown, as South America was labelled "a new epicentre" by the World Health Organization.

Spain MPs vote to extend lockdown until June 6

Madrid - Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez won parliamentary backing to extend the lockdown for another two weeks Wednesday, despite opposition from his rightwing opponents and protests against his minority coalition government.

New virus deaths in Spain fall to two-month low under 100

Madrid - Spain on Sunday reported 87 coronavirus deaths over a 24-hour period, the first time in two months that the daily toll has dropped below 100.

Study shows 5% of Spanish infected by virus: govt

Madrid - Only five percent of Spain's population has been infected by the novel coronavirus, though that figure climbs to more than 10 percent in Madrid and areas in the centre of the country, according to a study released by the government on Wednesday.

Spanish police say drug ring smuggled cocaine-laced cardboard

Madrid - Spanish police said Wednesday that a former Real Madrid player was among those arrested when they busted a suspected international smuggling ring which infused cocaine into cardboard boxes.

113-year-old Spanish woman survives coronavirus

Madrid - A 113-year-old woman, believed to be the oldest person living in Spain, has beaten the coronavirus at a retirement home where several other residents died from the disease, the residence said Tuesday.

Beer, tapas, friends: smiles as bars open in some of Spain

Tarragona - Basking in the sun, an icy cold beer in hand, two friends are catching up at a bar terrace in Tarragona, savouring a simple but much-missed pleasure axed during eight weeks of lockdown.

Spain sex workers left to fend for themselves under lockdown

Madrid - With the coronavirus pandemic emptying the streets of Madrid, life has become even more precarious for sex workers Evelyn, Alenca and Beyonce under the lockdown.

Madrid's top health official resigns after reported lockdown row

Madrid - Madrid's top health official stepped down on Thursday after a reported disagreement with regional government requests to ease virus lockdown measures.

Virus crisis eases but no let-up for Spain's ambulances

Sabadell - Jordi Rodriguez drives the ambulance across the city at top speed as his colleagues in the back start putting on their protective gear.

Spain lawmakers extend state of emergency

Madrid - Spain's parliament on Wednesday voted to extend the country's state of emergency, allowing stringent coronavirus lockdown measures to remain in place for at least two more weeks.
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