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Coronavirus news: deaths in Spain start falling again

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    Spain lifting some restrictions on non-essential workers returning to work. Coronavirus news: deaths in Spain start falling again
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By EFE , Juan Cruz Clemente Martínez @chacoclemente2610, reuter
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Between Thursday and Friday, 605 people in Spain died from the virus - down from 683 during the previous 24 hours.
Video: The correspondent of ABC MUNDIAL in Spain made a live tour of the streets of Barcelona.

The Spanish government has announced plans to hand out face masks to people at metro and train stations from Monday as some non-essential workers begin returning to their jobs at the end of the country’s two-week freeze on all non-vital economic activity.

Factory and construction workers are set to start back next week despite warnings that the relaxation of the strict confinement policy could drive a rise in contagion. However, most shops and offices will remain closed and people are being told to carry on working from home.

Spain’s health minister, Salvador Illa, stressed that the nationwide lockdown that came into force on 14 March remained in place, but said the tighter restrictions introduced at the end of last month to reduce pressure on the country’s overstretched hospitals were being eased.

Illa pointed out that the current lockdown had been extended until 26 April, but added:

Businesses that have been authorised to restart their activities may do so. It means that Spaniards can go to work and also rely on basic goods.

The minister also reminded people that the country remained “in a phase of very tough measures”.

Between Thursday and Friday, 605 people in Spain died from the virus - down from 683 during the previous 24 hours.

The growth rate of new cases is currently 3%, compared with a daily average of 12% at the end of March and 20% in mid-March. Spain has now recorded 157,022 cases of Covid-19 and 15,843 deaths.

 The correspondent of ABC MUNDIAL in Spain made a live tour of the streets of Barcelona.
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