CORONAVIRUS cases in Spain have now soared past 3,000, with an increase of more than 700 in just one day.
The death toll has almost doubled and at least 84 people have died.
Barcelona’s landmark Sagrada Familia basilica will stop receiving visitors and suspend its construction work from Friday[/caption]
Madrid has experienced the highest number of cases with more than 1,000 people infected and 31 related deaths.
Madrid has closed museums, cinemas and large sporting events, while public transport remains open but will be cleaned daily.
There are also 72 cases in Barcelona and 52 cases reported in Valencia region, where Benidorm is situated – but there are currently no reports of the virus in the coastal town.
The Malaga region has also reported 67 cases of coronavirus, with the towns of Malaga and Marbella both affected.
Inside the La Paz hospital in Madrid they’re treating more than 100 Covid-19 patients.
A nurse involved in their care told the BBC the hospital was under intense pressure, a gymnasium had been turned into an emergency ward with 20 extra beds, staff were exhausted and some of them didn’t have enough protective equipment, leading them to be afraid they’d be infected themselves.
Outside, many of those coming and going – hospital staff and visitors – are wearing face masks.
Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia have undergone tests for coronavirus, as has the country’s entire cabinet, Madrid reports.
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This comes after Irene Moreno, the equality minister, was found to have the virus.
The Royal Palace said the results of the monarch’s test would be made public.
Results of the cabinet members’ tests are also scheduled to be released on Thursday afternoon.
A town in the north of Spain called Haro was quarantined after a surge in cases following a funeral[/caption]