What is a state of alarm and what will the Spanish government be able to do?

The measures that will go into effect from tomorrow will allow the executive to requisition all kinds of assets and intervene to ensure essential items are available

Spanish government declares state of alarm

The measure will allow the authorities to limit the movement of citizens and to ration the use of services in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Cabinet will meet on Saturday to put the measure into effect for only the second time since Spain returned to democracy

Are pistachios the new ‘green gold’ in Spain?

Farmers in the Madrid region have been rushing to plant the fruit tree, which can yield up to €6,000 in just one hectare

Madrid region orders restaurants and bars to close from Saturday onward to slow coronavirus spread

Valencia follows suit, while Murcia confines several coastal towns for two weeks, blaming the move on a surge of Madrileños who are apparently making the most of the school closures to spend a few days on the coast

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El Roto cartoon, March 13, 2020

More Spanish politicians confirm they have been infected with the coronavirus

The leader of the far-right Vox party, Santiago Abascal, has announced via Twitter that he has Covid-19. The Spanish royal family has tested negative for the virus

Catalan authorities confine 70,000 residents of four municipalities in bid to slow coronavirus infections

The measures affect the Barcelona towns of Igualada, Vilanova del Camí, Santa Margarida de Montbui and Òdena, and will be in place for at least two weeks