Spain’s PM resists pressure to extend state of alarm despite virus fourth wave

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Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez is standing by his intention to let the state of alarm expire on 9 May even as several regions are calling for it to be extended, El Pais reports. For the past six months, the emergency measure has given the country’s regional governments the power to introduce coronavirus restrictions that limit fundamental rights – such as nighttime curfews and perimetral lockdowns – without facing legal challenges in the courts.

Health and legal experts now fear that without the state of alarm, the regions – which are in charge of managing the pandemic in their territories – will be thrown into a legal limbo that will hurt efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Meanwhile on Wednesday Spain reports more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases as fourth wave takes hold. While contagion rates are rising in most of the country’s regions, they are falling in Valencia, Galicia and Murcia, where the epidemic is more under control.

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