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The brave few workers who keep the country going under lockdown

Pamplona: As Spain continues to hunker down after five weeks of confinement, the brave few keep the country going during a coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 20,000 of their fellow citizens.

These workers – butchers, taxi drivers, pharmacists – in the northern city of Pamplona as well as in the rest of Spain’s cities and towns are unified by their courage and one piece of equipment: the face mask.

Marisol Villar, a pensioner, is working as volunteer for a charity foundation in Pamplona, northern Spain.

Marisol Villar, a pensioner, is working as volunteer for a charity foundation in Pamplona, northern Spain. Credit:AP

“I feel a great sadness and impotence when faced with the tragedy we are living through,” said taxi driver Isabel Zarranz, who has continued to work as part of the essential services authorised by the government. “Our way of life has changed forever.”

Matilde Mattos said while cleaning the window of a pharmacy: “This crisis is a way of showing us that we are destroying the planet. It is a sign from God.”

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