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Spain’s Mounting Coronavirus Crisis Is Met by Government Silence

  • New infections have risen to the highest in almost four months
  • Prime Minister’s handling of crisis has been widely criticized
Empty tables and chairs fill an almost deserted tavern bar in the Poble Nou neighborhood of Barcelona on Aug. 18.
Empty tables and chairs fill an almost deserted tavern bar in the Poble Nou neighborhood of Barcelona on Aug. 18.Photographer: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg
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Spain has re-emerged as the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe and its government appears largely in denial over it.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is on vacation with his family and hasn’t come out to address the public after Spain, over the course of this week, recorded the highest number of daily infections per million people in Europe. Each day brings more bad news.