The Spanish Parliament has voted to extend the high-alert regime until April 26.
270 deputies voted in favor, 54 against (from the far-right VOX and the left-wing Catalan Candidate of popular unity), 25 abstained.
Only about 40 of the 350 people’s deputies were present, while the rest followed the debate and voted online.
The high-alert regime in Spain was introduced on March 14, and on March 26, the Parliament approved the government’s proposal to extend it until April 11 inclusive. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez offered to extend it for another 15 days.
Speaking during a debate in Parliament that lasted 11 hours, Sanchez said that in the situation in which the country found itself, it will be necessary to extend the high-alert regime after April 26.
“I tell you in advance: I am sure that in 15 days I will have to ask for another 15 days of extended high alert,” Sanchez said. According to the Constitution, the extension of the high-alert regime is possible only for 15 days and only with the consent of the Parliament.
Spain has the second-highest number of detected cases (after the United States) and the highest number of victims (after Italy).
From the beginning of the epidemic to April 9, more than 150 thousand cases of infection were recorded, and more than 15 thousand people died. However, in recent days, there has been a tendency to slow the spread of the disease.
Restrictive measures in Spain are among the toughest in Europe. Residents of the country have the right to leave their homes only in exceptional cases: to buy food, medicine, get to the hospital, help people who can not cope on their own, get to work. In addition, all non-essential activities were suspended until April 9.