# Spain

Thousands of Spanish flags, representing the Spanish victims of COVID-19, are pictured on Patacona beach in Valencia, on October 4, 2020. - Spain has so far claimed more than 32,000 lives and 790,000 infected in the highest infection rate in the European Union. (Photo by Jose Jordan / AFP)
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Spain hopes to create 800,000 jobs with economic rescue plan

Spain's government has unveiled an EU-funded recovery plan aimed at creating over 800,000 new jobs and yanking the country out of its worst economic slump in decades
A firefighter wearing protective gear disinfects outside a nursing home for elderly people where more than 60 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Burbaguena, near Teruel on August 04, 2020. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP)
A firefighter wearing protective gear di […]

Europe imposes fresh virus curbs as global cases top 30 million

Large parts of Europe have geared up for broad new restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus as infections worldwide topped the 30-million mark
People wearing face masks walk down a shopping street in the Las Delicias neighbourhood of Zaragoza, northeast Spain, on August 10, 2020. Photo: Cesar Manso / AFP
People wearing face masks walk down a sh […]

Political ‘power games’ and decentralisation fuel Spain’s virus spread

The first EU nation to pass half a million coronavirus cases, Spain's switching of its pandemic management to its regions has politicised public health and hobbled its Covid-19 fight, experts say
A man sunbathes surrounded by a barrier tape to set a secure social distance space at the Nord Beach in Gandia, near Valencia on July 1, 2020. - The European Union reopened its borders to visitors from 15 countries but excluded the United States, where coronavirus deaths are spiking once again, six months after the first cluster was reported in China. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP)
A man sunbathes surrounded by a barrier […]

Spain foreign tourist arrivals fell 75% in July

Foreign tourist arrivals in Spain plummeted by 75% year-on-year in July despite the reopening of borders in the world's second-most popular tourist destination, official figures show
A healthcare worker uses a swab to collect a sample at a temporary testing centre for the novel coronavirus in Madrid on August 17, 2020. - Just seven weeks after bringing its first coronavirus wave under control, experts say Spain is once again in a "critical" situation with the worst infection rate in Western Europe. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)
A healthcare worker uses a swab to colle […]

Why is Spain once again on the frontline of the pandemic?

Despite a tight lockdown and the mandatory use of face masks, Spain is once again a hotspot for the COVID-19 pandemic. Why has the pandemic worsened in Spain?
Migrants from Africa sit in a rubber dinghy as they arrive from Turkey to the beach of the village of Skala Sikamineas. More than 20,000 migrants have died in the Mediterranean since migration in the region started surging in 2014, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday in Geneva.
Migrants from Africa sit in a rubber din […]

EU agency: Central Med migrant crossings more than doubled in July

The number of illegal sea migration across the Mediterranean has doubled in July compared to the month before. All in all nevertheless, migration figures within the EU have fallen in 2020 due to the corona virus travel restrictions.
A young woman hula-hoops among people enjoying an open air party in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on August 1, 2020. Photo: Geoffroy Van der Hasselt / AFP
A young woman hula-hoops among people en […]

Carefree youths fuel global rise in virus infections

Health officials fighting the coronavirus pandemic say they have a new problem -- carefree youths who are ignoring social distancing rules and letting loose around the world, fuelling a surge in infections