The Spanish government decreed this Tuesday ten days of mourning starting on Wednesday to honor the victims of the coronavirus, which caused more than 27 thousand deaths and more than 236 thousand infections in the country.
It is “the longest mourning of our democracy” reinstated in 1977, said the head of the socialist government Pedro Sánchez, whose executive waited to take this measure until Madrid and Barcelona, the most severely punished areas, began the process of lack of control on Monday.
The council of ministers approved “the official declaration of mourning throughout the country for the victims of the coronavirus (…) starting tomorrow with flags at half-staff in all public buildings,” announced government spokeswoman María Jesús Montero.
The spokeswoman for the left-wing coalition government also said that “a great official act” will be organized later, chaired by King Felipe VI to honor the lives of the deceased, 80 percent of them over 70 years of age.
China, the country where the pandemic originated, held a national day of mourning for the victims of the virus on April 4, while the Italian city councils organized memory acts for the victims on March 31.
In the United States, President Donald Trump decreed that flags be flown at half-staff in federal buildings between May 22-24.
Spain is one of the countries hardest hit in Europe by the new coronavirus, which claimed 27,117 lives, according to the latest balance from the Ministry of Health.
The day before, the health authorities began a review of the historical series by which they reduced the global number of deaths by almost 2,000.
The severe confinement decreed by the government in mid-March managed to contain the disease and now the country has entered a phased process to return to relative normality between the end of June and the beginning of July.
The right-wing opposition repeatedly demanded that Sánchez declare an official mourning, but the socialist leader preferred to wait until the epidemic was under control.