The Spanish government have been forced to extend their state of emergency just days after easing the lockdown as the death toll has now risen in 24 hours.
Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said on Wednesday morning it will be “an absolute mistake” to end the lockdown on 14 March.
In 24 hours, the death toll has risen by 244 to 25,857, on Tuesday the country had fewer cases at 185, Sánchez said, “We need a few more weeks of limitations to guarantee health.”
New coronavirus cases have risen to 685, but this still represents a large drop compared to previous days, with the country total now standing at 220,325.
The Spanish Congress will need to endorse the fourth extension, but Spain’s Executive said it is essential to “defeat coronavirus.”
Sánchez told them this morning, “We have managed a partial victory against the virus with everyone’s sacrifice. We are not here by chance.
“Nobody gets it right all the time in such an unprecedented situation. There are no absolutely correct decisions, but lifting the state of alarm now would be an absolute mistake.”
Opposition party’s have claimed the move is illegal and will vote against the extension.