Silent trauma of children facing the strictest lockdown in Europe

Spain’s seven million youngsters have been cooped up indoors for weeks. Now there are calls to relax the rules amid growing concern over their mental health Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage With each passing day, the bickering bouncing off the walls of one 90-metre square apartment in Barcelona has sharpened further. As Spain’s confinement stretches past five weeks, Ada Colau has watched her two children, aged nine and three, wilt under the pressure of life in lockdown. “Week after week, they fight with each other more and more. They have fits of sadness, of anger,” said the mayor of Barcelona. “The three-year-old, who was already out of nappies, has regressed and never asks to go to the bathroom any more.” Continue reading...