Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez held the first meeting today with the Scientific Committee of COVID-19, a group of scientists and professionals dedicated to combat the coronavirus pandemic in Spain.

Held by videoconference from Moncloa, the initial group of six scientists may be expanded with the incorporation of national and international experts in different fields of Medicine and Science in the fight against the coronavirus. The government has already put 24 million euros into the COVID-19 Fund to  finance new preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic tools that improve the knowledge and management of the disease.

The pandemic, however, shows no signs of slowing. At today’s Press conference the figures announced were 24, 926 cases (up 3,355) with 1,612 in intensive care (204 more than yesterday). Total deaths now stand at 1,345 (up 223) while 2,125 had recovered (540 more than yesterday),

In other news, police and Guardia Civil are continuing to step up roadblocks and checks over the weekend, to prevent travel to second homes. The DGT also announced today that driving licences that expire during the current State of Alarm will be valid for 60 days after the current crisis passes, and that foreign driving licences will be regarded as valid.