We must look out for each other. None of us can do it alone. And yet when Europe needed to prove that it is not just a ‘fair weather Union’, too many initially refused to share their umbrella.
The State of Alarm is a response to the alarming health situation (COVID-19 pandemic) caused by the coronavirus. It was announced by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez following a 66% increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in just one day (13 March), from 3146 to 5232. Today, Spain is second only to Italy in terms of the number of COVID-19 victims.
In order not to collapse 112, the Emergency Phone in Spain, the great majority of the Autonomous Communities have installed emergency telephone lines specific to coronavirus. Those autonomous communities that haven’t, have kept the usual 112 and 061 numbers to attend to calls about COVID-19. See list.
Call 060 for almost anything under the (Spanish) sun! From traffic ticket to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ consular emergency and crisis service, and an infinite number of other information and services in between. Two-hundred fifty different information phone lines in one number!
Spain has finally learned that where the notorious coronavirus is concerned, no country is an island. When northern Italy was hit by the virus, everyone felt it was just a matter of hours – not days – before the virus reared its ugly head here. Spanish Minister of Health Salvador Illa urges calm, common sense and trust in the public health system, Spain’s crown jewel. Fifteen people have tested positive and the number is likely to rise in the looming pandemia. People in Spain are caught between believing and blind panic.
It isn’t that Spanish cafes aren’t work-friendly. It is that they tend to want to strike a balance between hunching singlemindedly over your laptops and taking time out to savor your coffee, preferably in convivial company. So is it rude to use the cafes as your personal office like you would do in the United States?
FITUR is the Spanish International Tourism Trade Fair which has been held for the last forty years at the IFEMA Convention Centre in Madrid. Professionals from over 165 countries were present during the week of January 20th – 26th, 2020 and a record of participation with 10, 487 companies in a vast variety of sectors including Hotels, Travel Agents, Restaurants, Food Product Suppliers, Cruiselines, Spas, Wineries, Airlines, High Speed Train Lines, Coach Companies and over 8,000 journalists and photographers.
With the Don’t Let Daddy Know World Tour in full swing we can’t wait to invite you to the second edition of #DLDKMADRID! After a sold out night to remember at IFEMA in 2018 it is time to top the first edition with a unique and even more spectacular show on March 14th 2020.
Spain’s Special Christmas Lottery draw, the world’s biggest draw in terms of total payout, is on Sunday, 22 December 2019. So if you hurry – really hurry – and grab a few decimos (tickets), you can still be a millionaire! That is, if you pick out the number 86098.