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Monday, January 4, 2021

Spanish Government Rules Out Lockdowns as COVID-19 Patients Flood Hospitals

The Spanish government ruled out full lockdowns in hard-hit regions of the country on Tuesday morning, as the Health Ministry reported a record-breaking 55.019 new COVID-19 infections over the weekend. The number of new cases, which doesn’t include data from Barcelona on Sunday, is the highest three-day spike so far but only slightly higher than last weekend’s increase of 52,000.

The Spanish government ruled out full lockdowns in hard-hit regions of the country on Tuesday morning, as the Health Ministry reported a record-breaking 55.019 new COVID-19 infections over the weekend. 

The number of new cases, which doesn’t include data from Barcelona on Sunday, is the highest three-day spike so far but only slightly higher than last weekend’s increase of 52,000.

During a press conference in Madrid, Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa told local reporters that the government of President Pedro Sanchez will not establish a legal basis for strict confinements in the country. 

“There’s no need for full lockdowns. We believe that with the measures we have in place, we can control the pandemic,” Illa said.

On Monday, the government of the Asturias region, where some hospitals are overflowing with more patients now than during the first wave of the pandemic, announced stricter measures. 

On Sunday, the president of the region of Melilla, where 75 percent of ICUs are being used by COVID-19 patients, also made a formal request for a stricter lockdown.

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