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Coronavirus leaves Spain's interior a tourist desert

C - The Santos Bar, across from Cordoba's celebrated mosque, would normally be groaning with tourists tucking into its trademark Spanish tortillas. But with the coronavirus pandemic, "everything's dead", the owner says.

Moroccan teen's death in custody sparks reform push in Spain

Madrid - A leaked video showing the death of a Moroccan teenager at a Spanish juvenile detention centre has sparked demands for his case to be reopened and the method used to restrain him banned.

Spain's Alhambra Palace reopens to visitors

Granada - One Spain's most visited monuments, Alhambra Palace in the southern Spain reopened its doors on Wednesday after a three-month closure due to the virus.

Masks to be compulsory in Spain until virus 'permanently' defeated

Madrid - Wearing face masks will be compulsory in Spain until a coronavirus vaccine is found, with police empowered to hand out fines for non-compliance, the government said on Tuesday.

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 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.

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.

Tensions rise as Germans clamour to return to Mallorcan homes

Berlin - Germans with holiday homes in Mallorca are clamouring to return to the sun-soaked island as the coronavirus lockdowns ease, but Spanish authorities are pushing back.

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.

In Madrid flat, four young doctors face pandemic together

Madrid - In their tiny living room, Maria Luisa Prado told her flatmates about a 28-year-old woman "who was also a family doctor like us" who died from coronavirus.

Masks mandatory on Spain public transport as easing begins

Madrid - Masks became mandatory on public transport Monday as Spain took its first tentative steps towards a commercial reopening with small businesses accepting customers by appointment and restaurants prepping food for takeaway.

Spain frolicks in the sun as virus rules relaxed

Madrid - People across Spain were on Saturday free to go for walks and play sport after 48 days of home confinement to combat the coronavirus in one of the worst-hit countries.

Spain confirms pandemic slowdown with 281 new deaths

Madrid - Spain registered 281 deaths from coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total toll to 24,824, confirming the slowdown in the pandemic, according to figures released on Friday.

Virus deals death blow to Spain's bullfighting season

Madrid - For Spain's majestic fighting bulls whose final hours draw thousands to bullrings every year, the blow has been deadly: with the virus decimating the season, many are now condemned to the abattoir.

Sun, sand and social distancing: Spain seeks tourism revival

Madrid - With social distancing on the sand, restaurants restructured to restrict crowding and temperature-taking at the door in hotels, Spain is looking for creative ways to lure back tourists in the post-pandemic era.

Police seize cocaine haul off Spain coast, arrest 28

Madrid - Spanish police said Tuesday they had broken up an international drug-smuggling ring, seizing four tonnes of cocaine and arresting 28 people.

'We're going out!': Spanish kids reclaim streets after weeks indoors

Madrid - After six weeks stuck at home, Spain's children were allowed out Sunday to run, play or go for a walk as the government eased one of the world's toughest coronavirus lockdowns.
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