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Coronavirus deaths in Spain surpass 500

Deaths from coronavirus in Spain surged to 510 on Tuesday from 309 the day before, health officials have said.

The number of confirmed cases also soared 11,312  as Spain closed its borders and maintained a partial lockdown on 47 million people.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has announced a package of measures worth €200bn euros (£182bn), made up of loans, credit guarantees, benefits and direct aid, to mitigate the impact on the economy.




The package represents about 20% of the country’s gross domestic product, Mr Sanchez said, adding that the government would mobilise €117bn euros for the package, with the rest to come from private companies.

The measures include €100bn in state-backed credit guarantees and unlimited liquidity lines for companies.

At midnight Spain began stopping cars crossing its borders from France and Portugal. Only Spanish nationals, residents and cross-border workers were being allowed in.



Train services are also affected and the interior ministry has not ruled out closing airspace and sea traffic.

Madrid remains the area with the highest number of cases – 4,871 – with Catalonia next on 1,394.

Some 1,028 people are listed as having recovered from the Covid-19 disease.

El Pais reports that the the government of the Balearic Islands has asked the 25,000 tourists who are still on the islands to leave and return home.

Spanish media are also reporting that 19 people have died at a care home for the elderly in Madrid where dozens of cases have been recorded.