Coronavirus, the talk of every mouth, the outbreak that has caused havoc, halted the normal operation of human being and claimed many lives. Its left behind will stay to be remembered for years to come. Countries have already taken the steps to remember the taken lives.
Spain, one of the nation that has and still battling is mourning the covid-19 victims who died across the country. In the 10-day mourning period that started on Wednesday, all flags on public buildings across the country will be halved by June 5.
Over 27,119 COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed in the country. This put them in fourth place, with the US leading the world. The mourning period to pay homage to them and express sorrow to the deceased.
The period will also include a solemn commemoration led by King Felipe VI, the head of state.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has tweeted that the mourning period will last ten days. He added that it is the longest mourning period in history. The period was approved during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
During the cabinet meeting that approved the period, the government spokesman said those who died were men and women and their lives were suddenly shortened, causing great pain to their friends and family due to the sudden death and difficult circumstances in which it occurred.
He added that among the deceased, 8 out of 10 were over 70 years old. These are people who have helped build today’s country.
Although Spain now has the longest mourning period since 1978, the government has been criticized for not paying tribute to COVID-19 victims.
On Saturday, thousands of people were seen on the streets of Madrid protesting how the government was dealing with the pandemic.
Spain is one of the most affected European countries and has confirmed over 284,986 COVID-19 positive cases, trailing Russia, which has registered over 379,051 cases and 4,142 deaths according to global data from worldometers. China, the source of this virus, has confirmed 82,995 cases with 4,634 deaths.
Healthcare workers are severely affected in Spain. They make up to 20% of all cases.
In the midst of this contagious virus, which has killed more than 359,904 people worldwide, Spain has been on lockdown since 14 March like any other country in its mitigation measures.
The country’s state of emergency has been renewed four times so far. During the period, the population of over 46 million people experienced one of the strictest restrictions.
But in recent weeks, the government has gradually loosened strict orders and bans on public activities.
From May 11, café terraces were allowed to open and people have been allowed to meet in groups of no more than 10 people, with the exception of most affected areas such as Madrid and Barcelona. Spain is not the only country to announce a nationwide mourning period for COVID-19 victims. Earlier this week, the US lowered its flags for three days to remember more than 102,794 COVID-19 victims across the country.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.