MADRID – Parliament approves final ‘state of alarm’ extension

Spain’s parliament gave the government its approval on Wednesday (3 June) to extend, for the last time, the country’s ‘state of alarm’, meaning it would be in force until 21 June, EURACTIV’s media parter EFE reports.

While Spain is one of Europe’s hardest-hit countries by the coronavirus pandemic and went into the world’s strictest lockdown on 14 March, the move has brought its infection rate under control and no deaths were recorded on Wednesday for the second consecutive day.

As of Wednesday (3 May), Spain recorded a total of 239,932 COVID-19 infections and a total of 27,127 related deaths, according to official figures.

While Spain adopted a four-stage de-escalation plan towards the end of April, most areas are now in their second phase, while two of the worst-affected areas, Madrid and Barcelona, have  only started to reopen slowly.

(EuroEFE.EURACTIV.es)

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