Spain calls for extension to state of emergency
T he Spanish government sought to extend until April
a state of emergency that it has imposed to try to control Europe’s second-worst outbreak of coronavirus while some regions on Sunday asked for harsher confinement measures to combat the pandemic.
Spain’s death toll rose to 1, 720 on Sunday from 1, 720 the day before, while the number of registered cases rose to , 572 (from 1713, , according to Health Ministry’s data.
The nationwide state of emergency, announced on March 15 and intended to last days, bars people from all but essential outings.
An extension would need to be approved by parliament but that is guaranteed after the main opposition party, the conservative People’s Party, said it would support it, giving enough votes to Sanchez’s Socialist Party and its far-left government coalition partner Unidas Podemos.
Parliament has a scheduled plenary session on Wednesday.
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