Spain is enacting urgent measures to curb the coronavirus outbreak as cases and deaths in the country have tripled since Monday.

Spain is among the worst-hit countries in the world, with at least 2,968 coronavirus cases and 84 deaths, according to the government.

The outbreak has effectively driven Madrid to a halt as the Spanish capital accounts for nearly half of the country’s cases.

The regional government has closed down all schools and told people to work from home when possible, but the region is still open for travel.

It was reported on Thursday that Spain’s Minister for Equality Irene Montero tested

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