Catalonia News Headlines for March 2020
Coronavirus spreads, Markets tumble
Coronavirus is spreading throughout Spain with the number of cases increasing in Catalonia The big questions in March will be how it can be controlled and how badly it will effect the stockmarkets.
- Sunday March 1st: US agrees to withdraw troops from Afghanistan US agrees to withdraw troops from Afghanistan as the agreement with the Taliban will liquidate North American military presence in 2021, without victory after nineteen years of war.
- Monday March 2nd: Spain tries to contain three foci of coronavirus Spain tries to contain three foci of coronavirus as the control measures could be maximised in Torrejón, Vitoria and Malaga-Marbella, where the virus has been active for weeks.
- Tuesday March 3rd: World economy to recede due to the virus The world economy will recede in the first trimester due to the virus as the OECD reduces growth by at least 5 points this year and the EU admits it's been guilty of optimism.
- Wednesday March 4th: Offensive to stop doctors getting infected Offensive to stop doctors getting infected and football behind closed doors as Health Ministry cancels conferences and advises games to be played without public as the first death is known in Valencia.
- Thursday March 5th: Italy closes schools & universities to stop coronavirus Italy closes schools and universities to stop coronavirus as Europe will make the deficit objectives flexible and will consider the application of tax measures to protect the economy from the epidemic.
- Friday March 6th: Fira delays Alimentaria in uncertain climate over economy La Fira delays Alimentaria in an uncertain climate over the economic paralysis as the Fair with a 200 million impact is moved to September.
- Saturday March 7th: Pensioner Centres close in Madrid due to virus advance Closure of Pensioner Centres in Madrid due to the advance of the virus as an 87-year-old woman is the first death in Catalonia, where there are a hundred health workers in quarantine and the official number of cases in Spain rises to 383 with a total of eight deaths.
- Monday March 9th: Europe accepts virus's seriousness & raises restrictions Europe accepts the seriousness of the virus and raises restrictions as France and Germany limits mass events but chaos presides in the management of the crisis in Italy while Sánchez heads the operation and maintains the risk level.
- Tuesday March 10th: Italy closes borders & Madrid sends pupils home Italy closes its borders and Madrid sends pupils home asCovid-19 goes through the roof in Spain, with 29 dead and more than a thousand infected and the Italian government confines the whole country after reaching more than five hundred dead.
- Wednesday March 11th: EU activates immediate 7.5 billion emergency plan The EU activates an immediate emergency plan of 7.5 billion as the Commission announces that the fund will reach 25 billion in aid to deal with the economic damage.
- Thursday March 12th: Covid-19 is now a pandemia Covid-19 is now a pandemia as the WHO confirms the global reach of the virus. The Health Ministry admits that the situation in Spain won't be under control before and Catalonia activates a state of alert.
- Friday March 13th: Unstoppable advance of virus pushes Spain to paralysis The unstoppable advance of the virus pushes Spain to paralysis as chools close from today in all autonomies and Sánchez announces an injection of 3.8 billion in health and Covid-19 even arrives into central government and even ministers Irene Montero and Carolina Darias test positive.
- Saturday March 14th: State of Alarm in Spain Sánchez declares the State of Alarm that allows him to limit the free circulation of people and to centralise decisions and the Executive fears that 10000 cases will be exceeded next week, while the authorities ask the population to reclude itself at home.
- Sunday March 15th: #This Virus We Stop It United Today's Vanguardia Front Page is the sentence #This Virus We Stop It United.
- Monday March 16th: King renounces father's legacy & withdraws title Felipe VI says he that he didn't know that he was designated beneficiary of a foundation linked to Juan Carlos I and, according to the Swiss prosecutor, benefitted from hidden funds.
- Tuesday March 17th: Europe prepared to close borders for 30 days Europe is prepared to close its borders for 30 days as the measure, which will be discussed today, includes 30 countries, while Spain began to apply land border restrictions last night.
- Wednesday March 18th: Sánchez injects 117 billion of public money Sánchez injects 117 billion of public money as the Govenment hopes the Banks will contribute up to 200 billion and there will be a mortgage moratory for the affected without jobs or whose earnings decrease.
- Thursday March 19th: Hospitals prepare for worst with ICUs at limit Hospitals prepare for the worst with ICUs at the limit as with almost 6000 hospitalised in Spain, of which 800 are in intensive care and the health centres resistribute beds and in Catalonia cases shoot up in one day, 800 more diagnosed and the dead are already at 55.
- Friday March 20th: Confinement will be prolonged various weeks Confinement will be prolonged various weeks and the Government will reinforce the hospitals with 50,000 recently qualified and retired health workers to face the worst moments of the crisis and until seven or eight days from now we won't know if the mass contagion has been stopped.
- Saturday March 21st: Police get tough so the confinement isn't relaxed Police get tough so the confinement isn't relaxed as the Mossos rollout an operation to avoid journeys to second homes over the weekend and Spain faces the peak of the crisis with serious lack of tests and hospital material.
- Sunday March 22nd: Sánchez calls for unity to face virus's most harmful wave Sánchez calls for unity to face the toughest and most harmful wave of the virus as he maintains the confinement measures intact, announces the mass purchase of tests and sanitary material and warns that "the worst is yet to come".
- Monday March 23rd: Confinement 15 days longer without tougher measures The confinement will be 15 days longer but without tougher measures as President Sánchez defends his management of the crisis in the face of territorial pressure from Madrid and Catalonia, who demand more severity.
- Tuesday March 24th: IMF says virus crisis will be as serious as 2008 The IMF predicts that the crisis caused by the virus will be as serious as 2008 as the Federal Reserve announces injections of limitless money for an undefined length of time but the stockmarkets continue falling.
- Wednesday March 25th: Govt ignores companies & discounts tax exemption The Government ignores companies and discounts tax exemption as Foment reminds them that all sectors call for the suspension of payments to the Treasury and social quotas.
- Thursday March 26th: Torra puts out damning report insisting on more confinement Torra puts out a damning report insisting on more confinement as a study by the Department of Health foresees a peak in infections for April 24th and between 7000 and 1300 dead in Catalonia.
- Friday March 27th: First sign of slowing of rhythm of new infections Torra puts out a damning report insisting on more confinement as a study by the Department of Health foresees a peak in infections for April 24th and between 7000 and 1300 dead in Catalonia.
- Saturday March 28th: Government forbids layoffs while the crisis lasts The Government forbids layoffs while the crisis lasts as companies have to use temporary regulation documents and must prolong contracts that finish now and Work recognises that the system is overwhelmed and there will be many people who don't get the subsidy on April 10th.
- Sunday March 29th: Confinement extended stopping all non-essential activity The confinement is extended stopping all non-essential activity as the Government passes new measures today which will be maintained for 15 days until Easter Sunday on April 13th and demands an answer from the EU that benefits everyone.
- Monday March 30th: Govt charges companies for reinforced confinement The Government charges companies for the reinforced confinement as Foment considers that the cost of paying time off to workers is unacceptable and the Generalitat proposes that the State foots the bill.
- Tuesday March 31st: Government division marks the economic stoppage Government division marks the economic stoppage as electricity consumption registers falls of 12% due to industrial inactivty and Construction sends a million salaried workers and 256,000 self-employed.
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