A young woman died this morning in Madrid and became the first Spanish victim of swine flu (in Castilian, La Vanguardia).Yesterday, her baby was delivered by emergency caesarean at 28 weeks, and is said to be healthy, but the 20-year-old mother passed away today in the hospital where she was being treated. The woman had contracted pneumonia after falling ill with swine flu and was suffering from a serious respiratory problem, which led to yesterday's operation. Another patient suffering from swine flu is currently in a critical condition in a hospital in Tarragona.
Although there is still almost a year to go until Spain officially fully switches over to digital television, and three years until the European Union 2012 deadline for the end of analogue broadcasting, today sees the first wave of Catalan counties begin to turn off their analogue television systems (article in Castilian, El Periodico). The affected comarques are Maresme, Vallès Oriental, Ripollés and Garrotxa, with a total of some 700,000 residents. The switch-off is also taking place in some other areas of Spain, affecting about four million people or 10 percent of the country's population. However, there is not a specifically designated time for the change; rather, over the next fortnight, the analogic systems will gradually be closed down.
Police investigating the murder of businessman and director of the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB), Félix Martínez Touriño, who was killed in broad daylight last year on a street in the city's zona alta, say that it seems to have been organised by an employee of the CCIB (article in Catalan, Avui). Manuel Moreno Blancas was the head of the audiovisual department of the convention centre, but could have been motivated to order the killing because of a planned restructuring at the company that could have seen Moreno Blancas lose his job. Eight people have been arrested in connection with the case, including the sister and brother-in-law of Manuel Moreno Blancas.