Spain lockdown: How long is Spain on lockdown?

Spain is the country with the third-highest number of coronavirus infections around the world. The Ministry of Health has announced there are 25,496 cases in Spain, 1,612 of which are in intensive care and a further 1,381 have died of the virus. But how long will Spain be on lockdown?

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Spain is the second-worst affected country in Europe, with only Italy reporting more cases and deaths on the continent.

Around the world, only China and the USA also have more confirmed cases than Spain.

The entire country is now under lockdown after the government implemented the measure to try to stop the spread of the disease any further.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called the virus a “cruel” disease which paralyses the human need to socialise.

On Wednesday, he told a near-empty parliament the “worst is yet to come”.

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Spain lockdown: How long is Spain on lockdown? (Image: GETTY)Spain lockdown: Spain has been on lockdown since Monday (Image: GETTY)

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Most Spaniards have adhered to the government mandate of staying inside.

However, some Spaniards have been caught venturing outside without valid reasons.

In response, these individuals have been fined or even arrested.

The Spanish PM on Sunday said he would ask parliament to extend a state of emergency to April 11.

Spain lockdown: A map of coronavirus cases in Spain (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

The death shows a 27 percent increase on the figures released a day earlier, with the number of confirmed cases surpassing 33,000.

The lockdown will be extended to April on Tuesday when the measure is put to parliament.

Some 3,910 healthcare workers have tested positive for the virus, or around 12 percent of those infected, the health ministry’s emergencies coordinator Fernando Simon said.

Of those, 600 were from Madrid alone. 

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In Madrid, there are drone patrols on the streets and blare warnings to advise people to stay at home through speakers.

In Murcia, police have sent police cars down its deserted streets and make announcements through megaphones.

As all but essential travel has now been forbidden, the Spanish Transport Minister Josè Luis Ábalos revealed road traffic has dropped to a tenth of 2019 levels.

Air travel has also dropped by half, but Mr Ábalos said there are no plans to permanently suspend air travel.

Spain lockdown: Severe quarantine measures are in effect in Spain (Image: GETTY)Spain lockdown: Spain closed all its borders on Monday to curb the spread of disease (Image: GETTY)

Spain closed its borders at midnight on Monday, March 16, to slow the spread of the virus.

The measure does not mean the borders are closed completely, but only Spanish citizens are permitted to cross the border into Spain.

Spanish health authorities have warned the peak of the crisis is still a few days away.

Frontline care workers have described hospitals as already operating near capacity and struggling with severe shortages of protective gear such as masks and gloves.

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Mr Ábalos warned on Monday the lockdown will “last more than 15 days” since the period would not alone be enough for the country to “win the battle” against the coronavirus.

This means the official lockdown will last until at least the end of March.