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Spanish state of alarm to be extended for two more weeks

The meeting with regional presidents on Sunday morning.
The meeting with regional presidents on Sunday morning. / EFE
  • Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will seek approval from Congreso to maintain lockdown conditions until mid-April

The state of alarm that began last weekend to curb the spread of coronavirus in Spain is to go on at least until the middle of April.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez told the presidents of Spain's regions during a videoconference on Sunday morning that he intended to ask Congreso to approve an extension of the lockdown for two more weeks.

The current two-week period of the state of alarm was decreed last Saturday, 14 March, when the freedom of movement of the general public in Spain was first restricted.

According to the law governing the declaration of states of emergency in Spain, the government can only enforce a period of 15 days. After that time any extension and its conditions must be approved by MPs in the Congreso.

The current decree bans people in Spain from leaving their homes with an approved specific reason: to buy food, medication and to go to work, among others.