Photos: Spain becomes first EU country with a million Covid-19 cases

Spain on October 21 became the first country in Western Europe to surpass 1 million coronavirus infections, as authorities struggle to control fresh outbreaks and contemplate a curfew for the capital Madrid and its surrounding area. Regional lockdowns and travel restrictions have been enacted at various levels in the country. Health experts blame impatience to be rid of state-imposed restrictions meant to contain coronavirus contagion, or weariness with social distancing guidelines for what is being seen as the country’s second wave of infections.

Updated On Oct 23, 2020 11:22 AM IST
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A health worker speaks on a mobile phone inside Hospital del Mar, after Catalonia's government imposed new restrictions against Covid-19 in Barcelona, Spain on October 20. Spain on October 21 became the first country in western Europe to record more than 1 million confirmed infections as it struggles to contain a resurgence of the coronavirus. (Nacho Doce / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 11:22 AM IST

A health worker speaks on a mobile phone inside Hospital del Mar, after Catalonia's government imposed new restrictions against Covid-19 in Barcelona, Spain on October 20. Spain on October 21 became the first country in western Europe to record more than 1 million confirmed infections as it struggles to contain a resurgence of the coronavirus. (Nacho Doce / REUTERS)

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People in face masks walk through Pamplona after the Navarran local government limited all non-essential movement in and out of the region for two weeks, on October 21. The country of 47 million is among those hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 34,000 deaths attributed to the disease. (Vincent West / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 11:22 AM IST

People in face masks walk through Pamplona after the Navarran local government limited all non-essential movement in and out of the region for two weeks, on October 21. The country of 47 million is among those hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 34,000 deaths attributed to the disease. (Vincent West / REUTERS)

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People are reflected on a restaurant window, closed due to a sharp resurgence of the coronavirus in Barcelona on October 20, 2020. Spain has doubled its Covid-19 case tally in just six weeks despite a series of increasingly stringent measures to control the country’s second wave of infections from the virus. (Emilio Morenatti / AP)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 11:22 AM IST

People are reflected on a restaurant window, closed due to a sharp resurgence of the coronavirus in Barcelona on October 20, 2020. Spain has doubled its Covid-19 case tally in just six weeks despite a series of increasingly stringent measures to control the country’s second wave of infections from the virus. (Emilio Morenatti / AP)

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Madrid Emergency Service doctor Carlos Rubio and medical resident Mireya Nadal treat Leoncia, 86, in her home amid the coronavirus outbreak in Madrid on October 19. Desperate to avoid a repeat of the first wave, when the virus ravaged Spain’s elderly population and brought the health service to its knees, several regions have returned to tougher restrictions in recent weeks. (Juan Medina / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 11:22 AM IST

Madrid Emergency Service doctor Carlos Rubio and medical resident Mireya Nadal treat Leoncia, 86, in her home amid the coronavirus outbreak in Madrid on October 19. Desperate to avoid a repeat of the first wave, when the virus ravaged Spain’s elderly population and brought the health service to its knees, several regions have returned to tougher restrictions in recent weeks. (Juan Medina / REUTERS)

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Emergency services doctor Carlos Rubio is assisted by technician Jose Sevillano in his protective gear after examining a patient in Madrid on October 19. After slowing to a trickle in the wake of Spain’s strict March-to-June lockdown, the infection rate accelerated to frequently exceed 10,000 cases a day from late August, hitting a new peak of more than 16,000 last week. (Juan Medina / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 11:22 AM IST

Emergency services doctor Carlos Rubio is assisted by technician Jose Sevillano in his protective gear after examining a patient in Madrid on October 19. After slowing to a trickle in the wake of Spain’s strict March-to-June lockdown, the infection rate accelerated to frequently exceed 10,000 cases a day from late August, hitting a new peak of more than 16,000 last week. (Juan Medina / REUTERS)

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A worker prepares to close a bar in Pamplona as new restrictions come into effect on October 21. After being brought under control during the nationwide lockdown in the spring, the virus started spreading again a couple of months after restrictions were lifted and people started to move around and socialize again. (Alvaro Barrientos / AP)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 11:22 AM IST

A worker prepares to close a bar in Pamplona as new restrictions come into effect on October 21. After being brought under control during the nationwide lockdown in the spring, the virus started spreading again a couple of months after restrictions were lifted and people started to move around and socialize again. (Alvaro Barrientos / AP)

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Migrants from Morocco walk along the shore escorted by Spanish Police after arriving at the coast of the Canary Island on October 20. A hurried exit from confinement before tracing systems were in place let transmission get out of hand faster than in other countries, Dr. Rafael Bengoa, co-founder of Bilbao’s Institute for Health and Strategy told Reuters. (Javier Bauluz / AP)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 11:22 AM IST

Migrants from Morocco walk along the shore escorted by Spanish Police after arriving at the coast of the Canary Island on October 20. A hurried exit from confinement before tracing systems were in place let transmission get out of hand faster than in other countries, Dr. Rafael Bengoa, co-founder of Bilbao’s Institute for Health and Strategy told Reuters. (Javier Bauluz / AP)

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Medical resident doctors take part in a protest against working conditions in Barcelona on October 20. While daily deaths have been hovering around 100, hospital admissions have jumped 20% nationwide in two weeks and 70% in the affluent region of Catalonia alone. The Spanish government is contemplating curfews for the worst-hit areas, including the capital Madrid, where a two-week state of emergency ends on October 24. (Emilio Morenatti / AP)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 11:22 AM IST

Medical resident doctors take part in a protest against working conditions in Barcelona on October 20. While daily deaths have been hovering around 100, hospital admissions have jumped 20% nationwide in two weeks and 70% in the affluent region of Catalonia alone. The Spanish government is contemplating curfews for the worst-hit areas, including the capital Madrid, where a two-week state of emergency ends on October 24. (Emilio Morenatti / AP)

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