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US News Coronavirus in Spain: The "real number" of infected people "exceeds three million", assures Pedro Sanchez

18:20  23 october  2020
18:20  23 october  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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The head of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez has revised upwards the official number of people infected

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Three times more than the official figure. In a televised statement devoted to the measures against the Covid-19 this Friday, the head of the Spanish government , Pedro Sanchez affirmed that the "real number" of people infected with the virus in Spain since the start of the pandemic "Exceeds three million".

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He recalled that Spain had officially surpassed this week the milestone of one million cases of the new coronavirus, but explained that this huge difference was due to the fact that the proportion of positive people detected was very low at the start of the pandemic. “We are now detecting the majority of cases, around 70%,” he said, compared to just 10% in the first wave.

New restrictions are coming

"The situation is serious", he added without announcing any new measure. This speech seemed mainly intended to prepare the Spaniards for new restrictions to come soon, when the regions, which have prerogatives in matters of public health, will come to an agreement with the central government.

In the hours leading up to this televised intervention, the presidents of several of the country's 17 autonomous regions had announced new restrictions or called on the central government to impose a curfew, as has been done in several countries Europeans, such as Belgium or France.

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Ban on meetings between midnight and 6 am in Madrid

The regional authorities of Madrid have announced the ban from Saturday of meetings between midnight and 6 am. The aim is to impose a "drastic reduction in social activity," said the head of health in the Madrid regional government, Enrique Ruiz Escudero.

Bars and restaurants will have to close at midnight and will no longer be allowed to accept customers after 11 p.m. The announcement came as the state of alert, an exceptional measure that equates to a state of health emergency, will end on Saturday afternoon in Madrid and eight neighboring towns. The measure was decreed two weeks ago by the central government to allow the partial closure of the capital, despite objections from the regional government, led by the right-wing opposition.

Curfew in Castile and Leon

For his part, the president of the region of Castile and Leon (north) did not wait for the central government to announce that he would impose a curfew on his constituents from this weekend, while the president of the region of Valencia indicated that he would do the same in the coming days.

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The central government is not opposed to a curfew, but considers that this exceptional regime requires, from a legal point of view, the prior proclamation of a state of alert and therefore requests the agreement of all regions it does not yet have.

Pedro Sanchez wants to avoid a new confinement

Looking grim, Pedro Sanchez called on his compatriots to show "determination", "the greatest social discipline" and "the necessary unity" to "reverse the curve" of infections. "The situation is not comparable with that of March 14, when we were forced to declare confinement", one of the strictest in the world, he said, adding that he wanted to avoid a new confinement "Because of its consequences on our social life and its economic impact".

Spain, one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, on Wednesday became the sixth country to officially cross one million cases of Covid-19 and recorded nearly 35,000 deaths.

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