15-day extension to the 'State of Alarm' approved by Congress it will be in place now until 7th June.


May 20, 2020
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Congress has agreed to give, Presidente Pedro Sánchez another 15-day extension to the State of Alarm. This will now be in place until 7th June.

The debate lasted nearly six hours and ended with an emotional appeal from the President to continue on path to defeat the virus. He said that, "the lockdown had saved 270,000 lives".

The vote this time was tighter than ever before. There were 177 votes in favour, 162 against and 11 abstentions.

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The 'State of Alarm' allows the government to keep a centralised control over the 17 autonomous regions, and 2 autonomous cities so allowing them to gradually ease the lockdown in line with the de-escalation plan.