Spain is set to hold 10 days of mourning for the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement made by the government on Tuesday May 26, 2020, it was revealed that the country would set aside 10 days to officially mourn victims of the virus that has claimed almost 27,000 lives.
The mourning period will commence on Wednesday when all the flags on public buildings will be lowered to half-mast.
Taking to his Twitter account, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez stated that it would be “10 days, the longest period of mourning in our democracy, in which we will express our sorrow and pay homage to those who have died.”
The mourning period was approved at Tuesday’s cabinet meeting and will include an official ceremony to honour victims. It will be presided over by King Felipe VI.
Commenting on the development, government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero said: “Eight out of ten victims were older than 70. They were those who helped build the country that we know today.”
Spain on Monday revealed that the virus had so far killed 26,834 people.
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