Spain to join Italy in extending national lockdown into May

Spain to join Italy in extending national lockdown into May

The total number of deaths in Spain now stands at 19,478, the third-highest in the world after the United States and Italy.

On Monday, the country also passed the 200,000 mark for confirmed cases, after finding another 4,266 infections.

The number of people who have recovered from the virus has now risen to 80,587.

The increase in infections has slowed and the latest daily death toll was 565 people, down from the figure on Friday.

The largest number of deaths have been seen in Italy with 21,645 and Spain with 19,130, followed by France with 17,167 deaths and Britain 12,868.

The US now has 37,727 cases while Italy has 23,227.

The country's Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, said when he was certain he would have to ask again for another extension, which would go into May.

Spain has begun to ease a strict lockdown imposed on March 14 and this week opened up some sectors of the economy, including manufacturing.

"Spain has contained the brutal attack of the pandemic", Sanchez said in a nationally televised speech before the news conference.

Arcuri said that while it is not his job to decide when Phase Two should start, it is his job to "make sure we are ready" when it does.

"We are going to be in a different "State of Alarm", he said, explaining that he was in favour of lifting "the confinement of children so that after April 27 they will be able to go into the street".

The swab test refers to the coronavirus testing which takes a sample from the throat or nose. The next step will be to roll it out in some parts of the country on an experimental basis.

Madrid, which by Thursday counted 6,877 deaths, has mooted a figure well above 10,000, while Catalonia, where some 3,855 have died, believes its toll to be almost double that after changing counting method.

The new fund proposed by Spain would be financed by perpetual debt backed by the European Union budget, and countries would count it as transfers and not debt.

The amount of announced cases in the nation has climbed to 191,726.

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