Video: Madrid virtually empty on the first day of national coronavirus lockdown

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Madrid woke up on Sunday with deserted streets as people mainly stayed at home following the protocols on the first day of national lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis.

Spain put its 47 million inhabitants under partial lockdown on Saturday as part of a 15-day state of emergency to combat the coronavirus epidemic in Europe’s second worst-affected country after Italy.

On Sunday morning police patrols asked the few people on the streets to return home unless walking on the street was strictly necessary to buy food or medicines.

Spain had 193 coronavirus deaths and 6,250 cases so far, according to public broadcaster TVE , well up from 120 deaths reported on Friday. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s wife Begona Gomez is among those who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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