Spain Offers More Aid for Households, Small Businesses Hit by Coronavirus

Spain offered more help to households and small companies on Tuesday to try to calm fears about the country’s mothballed economy and shield the population from losing their homes during the coronavirus lockdown, Reuters reported. Infections and deaths from the virus are still rising, but health officials said the pace had slowed in the past few days. Confirmed cases rose by about 11% to 94,417 and the death toll hit 8,189 after 849 fatalities were reported overnight. Grave-diggers at Madrid’s Almudena cemetery wore protective visors or facemasks during a funeral as three people paid their last respects, standing metres apart under pouring rain, Reuters footage showed. In Barcelona, an indoor athletics track has been transformed into a makeshift hospital. Health emergency chief Fernando Simon, who tested positive for the virus on Monday, said Spain was unlikely to need further restrictive measures, besides those already announced, while data was being analysed. Read more