- Title: Madrid virtually empty on the first day of national lockdown
- Date: 15th March 2020
- Summary: MADRID, SPAIN (MARCH 15, 2020) (REUTERS) SOL SQUARE VIRTUALLY EMPTY MAN READING THE NEWSPAPER AT SOL SQUARE POLICE OFFICERS ASKING MAN TO LEAVE THE STREET, MAN WALKING AWAY POLICE OFFICER WEARING GLOVES TALKING WITH MAN DRIVING A CAR POLICE OFFICERS TALKING TO MAN FROM POLICE VAN POLICE VAN DRIVING AWAY FROM SOL SQUARE WOMAN WEARING A FACE MASK DRAGGING A SHOPPING TROLLEY VIRTUALLY EMPTY ALCALA GATE VARIOUS OF RETIRO PARK CLOSED TO PUBLIC SIGN READING IN SPANISH "CLOSED PARK, ACCESS IN FORBIDDEN" VARIOUS OF FEW CARS DRIVING THROUGH MADRID POLICE OFFICERS SHOWING THUMPS UP FROM MOTORBIKE EMPTY STREETS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) 52-YEAR-OLD VENEZUELAN LIVING IN SPAIN LEONEL SANCHEZ, SAYING: "This is awful because this city mainly lives from tourism and this affect every business, bars, restaurants, shops. In my opinion this is going to affect many businesses." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) 22-YEAR-OLD URUGUAYAN LIVING IN SPAIN AND WORKING AT THE AIRPORT FABRICIO, SAYING: "That is what I hope, that all of this ends soon. Everyday there are less flights and in consequence I have less work. I hope this ends soon so I can keep working." MAN WALKING ON GRAN VIA STREET MAN WEARING A FACE MASK PLACING AN ADVERTISING SIGN OUTSIDE BUSINESS VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF PHARMACY PEOPLE COMING OUT FROM PHARMACY POLICE CAR DRIVING THROUGH MADRID
- Keywords: COVID-19 coronavirus emergency state empty streets
- Reuters ID: LVA001C55V2O7
- Location: MADRID, SPAIN
- City: MADRID, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Duration: 00:02:53
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: Madrid woke up on Sunday (March 15) with deserted streets as people mainly stayed at home following the protocols on the first day of national lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis.
Spain put its 47 million inhabitants under partial lockdown on Saturday (March 14) as part of a 15-day state of emergency to combat the coronavirus epidemic in Europe's second worst-affected country after Italy.
On Sunday morning police patrols asked the few people on the streets to return home unless walking on the street was strictly necessary to buy food or medicines.
Spain had 193 coronavirus deaths and 6,250 cases so far, according to public broadcaster TVE , well up from 120 deaths reported on Friday. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's wife Begona Gomez is among those who have tested positive for the coronavirus.
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