Ex-Real Madrid president dies of coronavirus

Sanz was Real President from 1995 to 2000, during which time the “Royal” won the Champions League twice.

Madrid. Former president of Real Madrid, Spain’s record football champion, Lorenzo Sanz, died of the coronavirus-induced lung disease. The son of the 76-year-old confirmed this on Saturday evening via Twitter.

Sanz was Real President from 1995 to 2000, during which time the “Royal” won the Champions League twice.

Sánchez called on Spaniards to persevere

A week after an emergency came into effect and a 15-day curfew in Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez praised the behavior of the people in the Corona crisis – and called on people to persevere. “This crisis brings out the best in us,” the socialist politician said late Saturday evening in a speech to the nation.

He called the Spaniards to unity and said, “Unity is our best weapon. Only together will we defeat the virus.” Sánchez emphasized that compliance with the instructions by the Spaniards and also solidarity among the citizens had so far been “exemplary” and “moving”.

The head of government also warned that the number of infections and deaths would initially continue to rise. The worst will come. “We are in a very difficult moment and we have very difficult days ahead of us.” The head of government also said: “It is not fear that keeps us in our houses and apartments. It is courage.”

After Italy, Spain is the country most severely affected by the crisis. By Saturday, the Ministry of Health reported almost 25,000 people infected – 5,000 more than the previous day. The death toll climbed to more than 1,300 after about 1,000 on Friday. The region of Madrid is particularly hard hit, with almost 9,000 cases and 800 fatalities recorded.

Experts: Spanish health system before collapse

In Spain, which was particularly hard hit by the coronavirus, experts have warned of an imminent collapse of the health system. A “total” isolation of the people is now “indispensable”, demand 69 renowned epidemiologists, molecular biologists and scientists from other departments in an open letter published on Saturday.

An even greater restriction of freedom of movement must be ordered, it said. Among other things, the experts specifically demand that the journey to the workplace is only permitted for employees in the primary care sectors. Otherwise, under the given conditions, the health system would collapse “around March 25”. Around 18 percent of the Spanish population are older than 65.

The curfew currently in force in Spain came into effect last Sunday. It should last at least 15 days. An extension would have to be approved by Parliament. Violators face fines or even imprisonment. The authorities hope that the contagion wave will soon peak and that the development will slow down.

After Italy, Spain is the country most severely affected by the crisis. By Saturday, the Ministry of Health reported almost 25,000 people infected – 5,000 more than the previous day. The death toll climbed to more than 1,300 after about 1,000 on Friday. The region of Madrid is particularly hard hit, with almost 9,000 cases and 800 fatalities recorded.

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