Military called in to Santa Cruz and Las Palmas
The Spanish Government has brought in the military to patrol the streets of several cities most at risk from coronavirus.
The Ministry of Defence says 350 troops have so far been mobilised in Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla, Zaragoza, León, Las Palmas (Gran Canaria) and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
The move comes as the number of deaths from coronavirus in Spain hits 288, increasing by 152 in a day, with 7,753 positive cases now recorded.
The Spanish Government’s State of Emergency declared on Saturday severely restricts the movement of local residents and tourists who have been told to keep inside unless going to and from work, to the shops, chemist, bank, to look after elderly residents or to walk the dog.
The troops, on foot and in armoured vehicles, will be patrolling the streets to make sure the new rules are adhered to, giving help and advice and will help with additional disinfecting when needed.
A spokesman confirmed: “The UME, the Military Unit of Emergencies, has begun to carry out patrols in some urban areas where there may be a greater risk of spreading the # COVID19: Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla, Zaragoza, León, Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.”
The Ministry of Defence has also decreed the activation of military doctors and instructed the military pharmacy to increase the preparation of the hydroalcoholic disinfectant solution, as well as other generic medicines that are needed.