Why Spain is experiencing a second coronavirus wave

September 17, 2020

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Dozens of people are show walking around a shopping district and wearing face masks in Madrid, Spain.

Pedestrians wearing face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus walk in downtown Madrid, Sept. 17, 2020. With a COVID-19 caseload above 600,000 and more than 30,000 confirmed deaths, Spain has been the hardest-hit European country in the second wave of the pandemic.

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Spain’s capital, Madrid, is experiencing one of Europe’s worst, second-wave outbreaks of the coronavirus. And, officials across the world are anxiously awaiting the outcome of the US presidential race — and that may be especially true for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Also, Wednesday marked 400 years since the Mayflower ship originally set sail for what would later become the United States. To commemorate the event, the US and UK launched a new autonomous, solar-powered vessel that will take part in a research mission on climate change, pollution and conservation.

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