Spain via Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced her plans to extend its state of emergency by 15 days as the death toll from COVID-19 spurs.
As of Sunday, March 22nd 2020, Spain registered a total of 394 deaths within 24 hours, raising the death toll to 1,720.
Report from Spain’s health ministry holds that the country now hosts at least 25,000 confirmed cases with an overwhelming 5,000 new cases reported on Saturday.
“There are hard days ahead,” Sanchez decries “We have to get ready from a physiological and emotional standpoint. We have to get to the end of next week strong, very strong. The risk is everywhere.”
“Spain is among the most-affected countries in Europe and in the world,” Sanchez added while stressing that, worse days were still ahead.
Speaking in a televised conference last Sunday, Sanchez said he required the Congress to accept the appeal to prolong the command which has been in effect since March 14. The call is for an extension with no further restriction.
Salvador Illa, Spain’s health minister defence the lack of additional restraints as he argues that the measure implemented in Spain is by far the most difficult among EU members. In a statement to the press, Illa affirmed: “the best new measure is to ask citizens to continue to comply with the measures until April 12.”
However, the verdict currently rests with the Parliaments to permit the prolongation on the same terms suggested even though there is a likelihood that the Congress can further lengthen or modify the suggested measures.
The deliberation and vote on the extension will happen tomorrow Wednesday, March 25th.