Spain is in official mourning for ten days from this Wednesday for the victims of COVID-19, the longest period of national mourning during democracy, as the epidemic continues to recede and the population continues to lose its grip.
The mourning aims to show “all our pain” and pay “recognition to those who have died; their memory will always remain with us,” the president of the government, the socialist Pedro Sánchez, said yesterday in a message on social networks.
The flag of Spain flies from this Wednesday uninterruptedly at half-mast in the exterior area of all public buildings, Navy ships and Spanish representations and official missions abroad, and inside the buildings it will have a black crepe on.
On the occasion of the first day of mourning, the Government called a minute of silence at noon in memory of the fatalities, 27,117 so far, according to official data published by the Ministry of Health.
The Executive invites all public and private organs and institutions in Spain and abroad to join this show of pain to remember those who died of the coronavirus, as well as all public and private entities and the general population.
National mourning has been a matter of controversy in Spain, as opposition parties asked Sánchez to decree it a few weeks after the state of alarm began, on March 14, with the epidemic and its victims rising unstoppably in those moments.
However, the president said that all of Spain would be expected to be at least in phase 1 of the gradual transition plan to regain socioeconomic normality as the disease subsides.
Once Spain has overcome the state of alarm, which will continue until at least June 7, the king is scheduled to preside over a great official act in memory of the deceased.