Spain reports 96 new coronavirus deaths amid lockdown


196 deaths were reported from Spain.

The UK also saw a single-day record, with 14 new deaths and a total of 35, according to a BBC report Monday.

"We are going to give a united answer with the Government of Spain leading the rest of the Administrations to give a united solution", said Sanchez.

Public places from city streets to beaches across Spain were deserted, with a strengthened presence of police, many wearing latex gloves and facemasks, and some using drones to ensure people complied with the emergency measures.

Madrid ordered city parks closed and Seville cancelled its Easter Week processions - one of Spain's most important religious and cultural events.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says Europe is now the "epicentre" of the pandemic.

The spread of the virus has spooked even those countries without significant outbreaks. The country had 136 deaths, up from 120.

Total infections hit 14,000, a lot of them in the capital Tehran.

The Spanish government has declared a state of emergency and is poised to put the country under lockdown to combat the virus. Schools, gyms, museums, nightclubs, and other venues had been closed earlier.

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Some regional leaders, such as Catalan pro-independence president Quim Torra and Basque Iñigo Urkullu, have criticised the prime minister's measures imposing quarantine across the country as "confiscating" power from their governments.

According to the government decree, people will only be allowed to leave their homes to buy food and medicine, commute to work, go to medical centers and banks, or take trips related to the care for the young and the elderly.

Hancock said authorities would be able to act if people are sick but refuse to self-isolate.

Britain has been taking a different approach from other countries across Europe and around the world by declining to heavily restrict everyday activities or introduce "social distancing" measures. The number infected rose by 2,000 new cases to 7,753. Worldwide, the number of confirmed cases have reached over 153,000 and the amount of deaths is above 5,700 people.

Sanchez said he was confident the country would defeat the virus, urging all citizens to do their part.

With fears increasing that the viral outbreak will depress economic growth across the the coming months, the Federal Reserve took emergency action by slashing its benchmark interest rate to near zero and deciding to buy $700 billion in Treasury and mortgage bonds.

Americans returning from overseas found historic closures in cities and faced chaos at airports as overwhelmed border agents tried to screen passengers for illness.

In a sign of growing alarm, the U.S. extended a travel ban on European nations to the United Kingdom and Ireland, starting midnight on Monday.

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