Spanish authorities have decided to tighten the quarantine: employees of companies whose work is not vital must stay at home in the next two weeks, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced.
“The government will decide at an emergency Council of Ministers that everyone whose work is not vital should stay at home for the next two weeks – from March 30 to April 9,” the Prime Minister said.
It is assumed that the salary for these two weeks will be paid now, but then it will have to be worked out.
“Now we in Spain are going through the most difficult and sad hours. This is a moment to strengthen the fight. If we continue to restrict movement now that Holy Week is approaching, we will defeat the virus,” the Prime Minister continued.
The purpose of the decision of the authorities is to reduce the movement of citizens as much as possible.
In terms of the number of victims and detected cases of coronavirus infection, Spain ranks second in Europe after Italy. On March 28, more than 72 thousand infected people were registered, and 5,690 people died. Spanish authorities on March 14 imposed a 15-day high-alert regime, restricting the movement of people. On March 26, it was extended until April 11, inclusive.