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The Financial Express

Spain to extend lockdown until June 21

Published: May 31, 2020 23:21:05 | Updated: June 04, 2020 17:37:24


People observing a daily minute of silence to commemorate victims of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Puerta del Sol square in Madrid in Spain recently. –Reuters Photo People observing a daily minute of silence to commemorate victims of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Puerta del Sol square in Madrid in Spain recently. –Reuters Photo

Spanish government wants to extend ongoing lockdown for 15 more days to ‘finish’ the coronavirus pandemic.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Sunday said he would ask parliament to approve a final two-week extension until June 21 to the stay home rule, reports Reuters.

"We have almost set out what we set out to do," Pedro Sanchez told a press conference, as he expressed his intense relief that the number of new cases of COVID-19 in Spain, one of the nations hardest-hit by the virus, had fallen dramatically.

From June 21 a national state of emergency will end and with it the lockdown, allowing citizens to move freely in their regions. From July 1, citizens will be able to move throughout the country.

Spain's death toll rose by four on Saturday to 27,125, the health ministry said, while the number of COVID-19 infections rose by 271 overnight to 239,228 on Saturday.

Spain imposed a state of emergency on 14 March which involved a strict lockdown under which people could only leave their homes to buy food, seek medical care or for jobs where they could not work from home. Children were initially confined inside all day. Restrictions are being gradually eased.

Despite opposition to the most recent lockdown extension from parties on the right and demonstrations across Spain, Sanchez has struck a deal with a Catalan separatist party Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) which should guarantee his minority government secures enough support to extend the lockdown.

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