A woman waves a Spanish flag after applauding in support of health workers, during lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Ronda, southern Spain, April 18, 2020. Image Credit: Reuters

Madrid:  Spain, one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, is to extend its nationwide lockdown until May 9, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced Saturday.

Restrictions on movements would be loosened slightly however to allow children time outside, from April 27, he added.

Spain, which has been under lockdown since March 14, has recorded 20,043 deaths from the virus, according to the latest official figures released earlier Saturday.