Diary of Spain in Lockdown - the numbers keep rising

Wednesday 1st April

Today brings another record number of deaths in Spain with 864 people losing their lives in the past 24 hours. We’re becoming used to these figures now, but we have to stop and remember that each and every one is a person, a grandmother, a father, a husband. In general, this disease hits old people far harder than any other part of the population. On the news we’ve heard about a case of a 16-year-old girl in France dying and yesterday a 13-year-old boy in East London. These two are exceptions, but it makes one wonder what sort of a response there would have been if this illness didn’t just pick off the oldest members of society. What if it also killed children and young people? Would governments have acted faster? Would people have behaved differently?

The UK is fast catching us up, with 563 deaths announced this afternoon. On a slightly positive note, Italy seems to be slowing down with slightly fewer deaths each day, but still the best part of a thousand. They appear to be at the peak so one can only hope things begin to improve. Here in Spain we hear there are fewer infections being reported which can only be good news. All we can do is to stay inside and keep safe.

The rain finally has stopped and we were able to go outside and enjoy some welcome sunshine.

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