March 13, 2020 / 12:13 PM / 18 days ago

Madrid region orders shutdown of all bars, shops except supermarkets and chemists - reports

MADRID, March 13 (Reuters) - All restaurants, bars and shops expect supermarkets and pharmacies in the Madrid region will need to close over the coronavirus pandemic, Spanish media said on Friday.

El Mundo wrote that bars, restaurants and shops would close, while El Independiente said this would not apply to supermarkets and pharmacies. TVE broadcaster also reported the news, saying the shutdown would start on Saturday.

Regional authorities could not immediately confirm. (Reporting by Belen Carreno and Emma Pinedo Writing by Ingrid Melander)

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