Transformation of usually bustling Madrid and Barcelona spooks the few residents and tourists to venture out
Spains usually teeming streets and bustling landmarks have come to a standstill after the Spanish government imposed a nationwide near-lockdown in hopes of tempering a coronavirus epidemic that has spiralled into one of the worst in Europe.
On Sunday, the number of cases of Covid-19 across Spain stood at 7,753 and 288 deaths. One week ago, Spain stood at 589 confirmed cases and 10 deaths.
Echoing measures taken by Italy Europes hardest hit country the Spanish government declared a state of emergency on Saturday, ordering the closure of all non-essential shops as well as bars, restaurants, cafes, football grounds and cinemas.
Residents have been ordered to stay at home, allowed out only to buy food and medicine or travel to work, health centres or banks. Travel is also allowed for those looking after the elderly or dependents.
Save for a handful of people walking their dogs or picking up groceries, most streets in Madrid were empty. Its shocking, said Bertrand Martinez Pealver as he looked out at a quiet boulevard. Spain is a place where there are always people out. Now theres nobody.