Spain Commences 10- Day Mourning Of Coronavirus Victims
Spain has begun an official 10-day mourning period for the tens of thousands of victims of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
It was reported that the mourning period will Start from Wednesday, all flags on public buildings across the nation and on Spanish naval vessels will be lowered to half-mast until June 5 to pay tribute to the more than 27,000 people that have so far lost their lives.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez stated this on Twitter , saying that it would last for “10 days, the longest period of mourning in our democracy, in which we will all express our sorrow and pay homage to those who have died”.
The mourning period, which was approved at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, would also include a solemn memorial ceremony presided over by Spain’s head of state, King Felipe VI, according to government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero.
The dead are “men and women whose lives have been suddenly cut short, leaving friends and family in great pain, both from the sudden loss and from the difficult circumstances in which it has occurred,” she said following the cabinet meeting.
“Eight out of 10 victims were older than 70, they were those who helped build the country that we know today.”
Spain, where a nationwide lockdown was first imposed on March 14, is one of the countries hit hardest by the pandemic, registering the fifth-highest number of confirmed cases and deaths.