BARCELONA (Reuters) – The coronavirus death toll curve in Spain flattened further on Friday as the government prepared to start easing one of the world’s strictest lockdowns and virtual Easter celebrations were held instead of traditional processions.
FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective face mask and gloves walks past the empty landmark Alcala Gate, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain, April 9, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
Spaniards have been off the streets since mid-March and have suffered nearly 16,000 fatalities from the COVID-19 disease – the third worst toll after Italy and the United States.
But the slowdown in the rate of infection and death has enabled officials to consider a gradual lifting of the lockdown.
“The government is preparing new scenarios of de-escalation,” Health Minister Salvador Illa told reporters.
Even though several officials have said the formal lockdown will probably continue into May, some restrictions are to be…
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