Americans flee Spain as country declares state of emergency
From CNN's Laura Perez Maestro in Madrid
US citizens are waving goodbye to Spain as the country declared a state of emergency and President Trump sharply restricted travel to the United States from more than two dozen European countries.
After three days of quarantine measures, Madrid's public transport was deserted, main roads were traffic-free and department stores in the city center were almost empty.
Schools, libraries and theaters were closed, with even outdoor playgrounds sealed off.
Sarah Nagy and Graham Owen, from Montana, told CNN they were "thinking of leaving while we still can."
“Our parents back home think it will be the same there soon, they would like us around,” they added.
Courtney Seeley, a 21-year-old student from Boston, Massachusetts, who had been doing an internship in Madrid, told CNN at the airport: “I was calm until the school told us we had to go home, they even bought the flights for us, they were very expensive.
"My parents are very worried, I hope to be able to come back soon and finish my internship."
James Donoghue, 21, was studying in London and in Madrid visiting Seeley. “My school wrote to me saying we had to go back home and leave Europe so here we are trying to leave Spain," he said.
David and Lucenda Presnall, both 71, told CNN their son had helped them change their tickets before the ban was announced, but they had heard others spending $1,400 to get out before Friday's deadline.
“We had a whole month planned in Spain, we had nine wonderful days," said Lucenda, from St. Louis, Missouri. "Then we saw what is happening to Italy and thought the same would happen here. My son really wanted us to come back.
“In Granada, where we were, people weren’t taking precautions, that worried us."
There have been more than 4,000 cases and 120 deaths in Spain. More than 62 countries have placed restrictions on flights from Spain, and Morocco suspended all air and sea travel to the country.