26th November 2020
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Confirmed: lockdown extended until at least 11 April

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has confirmed that the current lockdown in Spain due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic will be extended until at least 11 April.

The Spanish government has also announced a block on all non-essential flights for 30 days. All travel outside the Schengen zone has been suspended. Sánchez has also announced that the authorities will be taking control of residential and nursing homes for the elderly for the next 30 days. 67% of deaths related to Coronavirus in Spain have been people aged over 80.

With regards Spain’s rulings on funerals, the government has now also suspended a clause that states that 24 hours must pass before burials or cremations.

‘Europe is at war against Coronavirus,’ Pedro Sánchez said.

Pedro Sánchez
Pedro Sánchez holding a video conference with the regional presidents of Spain (Photo La Moncloa / @desdelamoncloa)

Official figures released by the Spanish Health Ministry at 12 noon on Sunday confirmed 28,572 known cases of Coronavirus in Spain, which is 3,646 more than yesterday. 1,720 people are now also known to have died from the pandemic (up by 394 from yesterday). There are 15,554 people in hospital, of which 1,785 are in intensive care. 2,575 people have now made a full recovery.

The new measures adopted by the Spanish government also follow on from another video-conference meeting that Sánchez held with all Spain’s regional presidents on Sunday morning.

The president of Catalonia Quim Torra has continued to demand a 100% lockdown following the video-conference meeting, and has claimed that another four regional presidents also asked for stricter confinement rules.

Torra has also said that in the coming hours Catalonia would pass a decree regulating the minimum space between people at their places of work. With the exception of certain jobs, like medical professionals or police officers, most people will be required to maintain a 1.5m distance between them and their coworkers.

‘How does it make sense to stay home all weekend and then go to work with others on Monday?’ Torra said on Sunday, believing that there should be a total lockdown and that only essential jobs should be carried out.

Below are the numbers to call for each region of Spain for information and assistance in the event of possible cases of Coronavirus – as issued by the Spanish health authorities.

Numbers to call
The numbers to call for each region of Spain.

Click here for further information (in Spanish) regarding Coronavirus from the Spanish Health Ministry.

Up-to-date WHO advice and facts (in English) about the Coronavirus epidemic can be found here: www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance.

Our previous reports on Coronavirus in Spain:

ALSO READ: Coronavirus in Spain full update (22 March)

ALSO READ: Walking a goat or a Vietnamese pig is not allowed

ALSO READ: Coronavirus in Spain full update (21 March)

ALSO READ: Coronavirus in Spain full update (20 March)

ALSO READ: ‘This virus we will stop together’ – video 

ALSO READ: Coronavirus in Spain full update (19 March)

ALSO READ: Despite lockdown, Spaniards applaud health workers from balconies every evening

ALSO READ: Coronavirus in Spain – full update (18 March)

ALSO READ: UEFA Euro 2020 postponed as Coronavirus hits global sport

ALSO READ: Coronavirus in Spain – full update (16 March)

ALSO READ: Spain to close its land borders

ALSO READ: Coronavirus in Spain update (15 March)

ALSO READ: Spain officially in lockdown from midnight (14 March)

ALSO READ: Coronavirus in Spain update – Spain ‘state of alarm’, Catalonia ‘lockdown’ (13 March)

ALSO READ: Coronavirus in Spain update – 4 Catalan towns in lockdown (12 March)

ALSO READ: Coronavirus in Spain update – 11 March

ALSO READ: Coronavirus in Spain update – 10 March

ALSO READ: Coronavirus in Spain update – 8 March

ALSO READ: Over 70 cases of Coronavirus in Spain, as WHO also raises risk alert

ALSO READ: Coronavirus confirmed in Tenerife and Catalonia – via Italy

ALSO READ: Two deaths from Coronavirus in northern Italy, as region faces lockdown

ALSO READ: Mobile World Congress cancelled due to Coronavirus fears

ALSO READ: Ericsson, Nvidia follow LG, pulling out of Mobile World Congress over Coronavirus fears

Editor’s note: 

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