Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced this Saturday the extension of the "state of emergency" until midnight on April 25, to stop Covid-19, at a time when the pandemic is "over the peak".
"The Council of Ministers of next Tuesday will request, once again, the authorization of the Congress of Deputies to extend, for the second time, the state of emergency (…) until Saturday, April 25, at midnight ", said Pedro Sánchez in a television message, after a round of contacts with opposition leaders.
The Head of Government indicated that the very strict containment measures, which include confinement at home for all but those working on essential services, will continue, but if the fight against the pandemic evolves in a satisfactory way, the "state of emergency "should continue, albeit with citizens" starting to recover something "from their lives.
Everything indicates that we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel
"Everything indicates that we are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel," said Pedro Sánchez, arguing that, "once the peak" of the spread of the Covid-19 virus has passed last week, the country is "in good shape." to compel the curve "of the spread of the epidemic.
The head of the Government expressed the executive's intention to, after the Easter weekend, begin to soften the measures that prevent the movement of people and allow to "recover" the initial "state of emergency", in which the movement was authorized to the workplace for those who cannot work from home.
"Victory is possible and is getting closer every day," said Pedro Sánchez, who asked for "sacrifice and victory morale" to defeat the new coronavirus, adding that in the last week "it was the hardest and most bitter hours", but that the country has managed to move from a daily spread rate of Covid-19 of 20% to the current 6%.
The head of the government also said that a team of epidemiologists and scientists is already preparing the plan to be applied when the infection curve drops, but warned that he will continue to ask for the experts' opinion before taking further measures.
Before making this televised message, Sánchez spoke to the main leaders of the right-wing opposition, who supported the extension of the "state of emergency".
The Spanish Government decreed a state of emergency for 15 days on March 14, which was extended by the parliament from the 28th of the same month.
Spain is one of the most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, having recorded 809 deaths in the last 24 hours, the lowest number since last Saturday, reaching a total of 11744 fatalities, according to this Saturday's update from health authorities.
According to the Spanish Ministry of Health, 7026 new infections were confirmed, which confirms the deceleration in the rhythm of the pandemic, with a total of 124736 now infected.
Since the beginning of the new coronavirus pandemic, 34,219 people who have been infected have been discharged and are considered cured (data consolidated at 20:00 hours on Friday, Lisbon).
The number of new deaths announced this Saturday (809) means the second day in a row that the number of fatalities has dropped, which was 864 on Wednesday, 950 on Thursday and 932 on Friday.