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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Spain’s Government Will Wait “Two or Three Weeks” Before Taking Tougher COVID-19 Restrictions

Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa said during a Thursday morning press conference in Madrid that the government of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will take “two or three weeks” before imposing the tougher restrictions that are needed to “reduce transmissions rates in the country.”

Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa said during a Thursday morning press conference in Madrid that the government of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will take “two or three weeks” before imposing the tougher restrictions that are needed to “reduce transmissions rates in the country.”

“We have to be strict and give ourselves enough time for the measures to have an effect, which is between two and three weeks. Not before,” he told local reporters, following a meeting of the Inter-Territorial Council of the National Health System, which brings together regional and central healthcare authorities.

Illa also said he remains hopeful that the restrictions introduced by regional governments in Spain under the state of alarm will be able to curb the spread of the virus “as soon as possible.” 

He explained this would avoid the need for a home lockdown like the one seen during the first wave of the pandemic, when millions of Spaniards were confined to their homes.

The government wants to avoid this scenario at all costs in order to prevent further damage to the Spanish economy, which lost around one million jobs in March and April due to the strict lockdown.

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