Spain closes the Prado and other museums in Madrid due to the coronavirus

MADRID, Mar 11 (Reuters) – All of Madrid’s state museums, including the Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen-Bornemisza, will close their doors to the public due to the coronavirus epidemic that has affected the Spanish capital, they said on Wednesday. The authorities.

The measure will take effect from March 12 until further notice, the Spanish Ministry of Culture tweeted.

The Reina Sofía, which houses Picasso’s Guernica and other famous works of modern art, also tweeted about its closure.

Madrid has already closed schools for 15 days and banned large gatherings as it tries to deal with a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.

Health authorities said known cases in the capital region had increased to 1,024 from 782 on Tuesday, about half of the national total.

Spain is now the second most affected European country behind Italy. Spanish authorities have reported 47 deaths, 31 of them in Madrid.

(Report by Andrei Khalip and Jessica Jones; Edited in Spanish by Lucila Sigal)