Spanish government to seek one month Covid-19 lockdown extension


Spain’s government will seek a fresh extension of its state of emergency that will last “about a month” until the transition out of lockdown is completed, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has said.

If such a measure is approved by politicians, it would mean the state of emergency that is currently set to expire on 24th May would last until late June.

“The Spanish government will ask parliament to approve a new extension of the state of emergency.. it would be the last state of emergency and would continue until the end of the rollback,” Mr Sanchez said in a televised address.

The state of emergency has let the government impose some of the world’s tightest restrictions on Spain’s nearly 47 million population, although it has since begun a cautious rollback which is due to finish by late June.