Although the state of emergency is ideally supposed to last for a period of 14 days, the Prime Minister will be requesting the Parliament to extend the status for the next six months. "The state of emergency is the most effective tool to lower the rate of infection," said Sánchez. "The situation we are going through is extreme."
Similar to other European countries, he also announced that public and private gatherings had to be limited to only six people. However, he emphasized the importance of staying home as much as possible. "The more we stay home the more protected we and others will be," he urged. All of these new restrictions were made in an effort to reduce the chances of another lockdown as seen earlier in the year. Spain had enforced one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe, but the Prime Minister would not like to take that step again because its effects on the economy have been astronomical. "The loss of life must be as low as possible but we also must protect our economy," he stressed.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Spain has had over one million Covid-19 cases, and almost 35,000 people have died from the virus. Things are not looking better for the neighbouring countries either. France has had a huge increase in their daily cases over the weekend and they reported over 50,000 new cases on Sunday. The second wave is also hitting Italy hard, and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte rolled out several new restrictions on Sunday including the shutting down of cinemas, swimming pools, gyms and theatres.