More than 20,000 people have died of coronavirus in Spain and despite a slight downward trend, officials are considering extending the lockdown in the country.
The government may ask parliament for a third extension of the confinement imposed in one of the world’s hardest hit countries, Reuters reported.
The number deaths increased by 565 on Saturday, down from a tally of 585 on Friday, the Health Ministry said. The number of coronavirus cases rose to 191,726 from 188,068.
Health emergency chief Fernando Simon said he expected a significant rise in registered coronavirus cases as the number of quick tests conducted has doubled in the past three weeks, but stressed that the tests have shown a lower infection rate among citizens.
Spain had begun to ease a strict lockdown imposed March 14 and this week opened up some sectors of the economy, including manufacturing. But most people are still confined to their houses except for essential outings like food shopping.
Lawmakers could vote on the extension next Wednesday.
Source: New York Post