Spain’s PM Sanchez won lockdown extension vote despite opposition

Spain is maintaining its positive evolution of its coronavirus outbreak a day after its government succeeded in securing parliamentary approval for a new two-week extension of its lockdown measures despite it lost important support of the main opposition party, news wires reported.

PM Pedro Sanchez warned that abruptly ending the strict lockdown, imposed on 14 March, would be "unforgivable”. Despite efforts by his right-wing opponents to block the move, parliament approved the extension until 24 May by 178 votes in favour to 75 votes against, with 97 abstentions.

Earlier this week, Spain's main opposition Popular Party said it would not support any extension of the state of emergency. But thanks to backing from the centre-right Ciudadanos and the Basque PNV, the government got enough support to push through the measure.    

Spanish health authorities reported about 200 new fatalities on Thursday, taking the total death toll just over 26,000 since the start of the outbreak in Spain. That is down from over 900 deaths a day a month before. Spain has reported nearly 257,000 COVID-19 infections.

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