Police, protesters clash in Barcelona as tens of thousands take to the streets
Jeck Deocampo • October 17, 2019 • 378
Catalan pro-independence demonstrators clashed with riot police in the center of Barcelona on Tuesday (October 15) in the second day of protests over Monday’s (October 14) jailing of nine separatists by the Supreme Court over their role in a failed secession bid.
Police charged on protesters when they tried to kick down security fences around Spanish government buildings in the region and hurled cans and flares at the police. Some were seen tackled to the ground.
Large fires filled central streets of the Catalan capital with smoke after protesters knocked over rubbish containers, setting the contents alight.
Barcelona’s urban police estimated 40,000 people joined the demonstration, Spanish broadcast TVE reported. (REUTERS)
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Brazil’s confirmed COVID-19 cases had exceeded 230,000 as of Saturday local time, surpassing the numbers in Spain and Italy and making the country’s outbreak the fourth largest in the world, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
According to the latest epidemiological data, the virus has infected 233,142 people and left 15,633 dead. The number of confirmed cases in Brazil has jumped to the fourth in the world, following the United States, Russia and the UK.
Brazil saw 14,919 new confirmed cases and 816 additional deaths on Saturday.
According to a statement issued by the Vice President office, Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao and his wife undertook COVID-19 tests on Saturday after a household help who had close contact with them was tested positive. The couple are under quarantine at home now.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro strongly supported the resumption of business activities and ending large-scale isolation as soon as possible during an interview Saturday.
The president said the isolation measures taken by the governors and mayors of different states will bring more chaos, hunger and poverty, and a total of 380 million people without formal jobs have lost everything in the outbreak. He is worried that it will be difficult to recover the economy and social order.
However, as the epidemic is almost out of control in Brazil, most of the country’s states and municipalities decided to further strengthen the isolation measures to ensure the safety of people. (Reuters)
Spain’s health ministry reported on Tuesday (April 28) that the overall coronavirus death toll had risen to 23,822, from 23,521 the day before, and that the number of daily fatalities and the number of people infected had declined in the last 24 hours.
It reported 301 deaths and 1308 new cases, compared to 331 and 1828 respectively on Monday (April 27).
The total number of diagnosed cases rose to 210,773 from 209,465 the day before. (Reuters)
Spain’s overnight death toll from the coronavirus rose to 567 on Tuesday (April 14) from 517 a day earlier, while the country reported its lowest increase in new cases since March 18.
Tuesday marks one month since Spaniards have been under lockdown. Restrictions have helped to slow a spiralling death rate that reached its peak in early April.
Some activities, including construction and manufacturing, were allowed to restart, but Health Minister Salvador Illa said that Spain remained in lockdown. Shops, bars and public spaces are to stay closed until at least April 26.
Total deaths climbed to 18,056, while confirmed cases of the infection rose by 3,045 to 172,541, the Health Ministry said in a statement. (Reuters)
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