Spain rejects regional pleas to extend curfew to 8 pm
Despite record infections, health authorities believe current restrictions will be able to curb third wave
The Spanish cabinet has ruled out allowing regional authorities to extend the curfew to 8 pm, a measure requested by almost half of the regions as part of a wider effort to curb the third wave of the pandemic.
"It’s not a matter of passing more and more restrictions, but properly enforcing the ones already in place and waiting for the results," said Spain’s health minister, Salvador Illa, on Wednesday after an online meeting with regional leaders.
"It’s not a matter of passing more and more restrictions, but properly enforcing the ones already in place and waiting for the results"
Salvador Illa · Spanish Health minister
The minister acknowledged that the latest coronavirus figures are "not good." Earlier on Wednesday, Spain set a new daily record with 41,576 new cases, pushing the overall tally to 2,4 million since the beginning of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak.
The state of alarm decree approved last October imposed a Spain-wide curfew, allowing regional governments to fix its exact duration from between 10 pm to 12 am at night and 5 am to 7 am in the morning.
But some parts of Spain have become increasingly dissatisfied with the tools at their disposal to fight the spread of the virus and worry that courts might overturn tighter restrictions if they lack the legal authority to enforce them.