Spanish PM: State of emergency to be extended by 1 month

Spanish PM: State of emergency to be extended by 1 month
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Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (pictured) said on Saturday that the government will look to extend the state of emergency in the country by a month, APA reports citing Tele Trader. 

The extension is expected to incorporate the finalization of the "transition out of lockdown", therefore making it potentially the last prolongation of the restrictive period, Sanchez announced in a televised address to the nation. In addition, he claimed that the measures that have been imposed on March 14 have been successful in containing the spread of the coronavirus and that science has shown that a "herd immunity" concept would have failed in Spain. The lockdown lifting could be completed "in half of the country by the start of summer," he estimated.

Earlier in the day, the country's health authorities reported that the number of daily coronavirus-related deaths has fallen to a two-month low.

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