MADRID (AP) – An association of families of coronavirus victims has installed 53,000 small Spanish flags in Madrid parks in honor of the pandemic dead.
Volunteers lay flags on a grassy slope overlooking the highway in the capital on Sunday morning.
COVID-19 has claimed 31,232 confirmed lives in Spain. But difficulties in testing at the start of the crisis meant many more victims were likely to go unrecorded.
“I think this is a beautiful tribute to the victims, much better than the tribute given by the prime minister,” said 62-year-old retiree Honorio Hernandez. “I was at Arlington National Cemetery and it reminds me of that. These people deserved at least this, if not more. “
Elsewhere in Madrid, more than 1,000 protesters rallied to demand a firmer response to the escalating second wave of the coronavirus.
Madrid has been the epicenter of the virus rebound in Spain, once again the worst-hit country in Europe. Spain had 319 cases per 100,000 population over 14 days. France has 229 cases per 100,000, UK 96.
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