The Spanish government rejected the first daily death toll increase from Covid-19 in five days, insisting that the data “was going in the right direction”, but extended the blockade until at least April 26th.
The scientific committee of neighboring France also said that the confinement will go beyond the current deadline of April 15, probably until the beginning of May, as officials said they had not reached the peak of the epidemic one day after suffering the worst daily death toll.
Paris, meanwhile, has tightened blocking rules by banning daytime jogging amid signs that the hot weather was attracting an increasing number of residents to drop them.
While businesses in Italy asked the government on Tuesday to consider lifting the birth to avoid economic collapse, the World Health Organization has urged countries not to lift the blockade too early.
“One of the most important parts is not to abandon the measures too early in order not to fall again,” said WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier in a virtual briefing.
“It’s similar to getting sick if you get out of bed too early and run too early, you run the risk of falling back and having complications,” he added.
In Spain, 743 people died in the 24 hours until Tuesday morning, compared to 637 the previous day. But government spokeswoman María Jesús Montero said the figure was a “ripple” in the statistical trend due to the handling of administrative data over the weekend.
“The data trend says we’re going in the right direction,” Montero said, announcing that Tuesday’s cabinet meeting had approved an extension of the state of emergency to keep Spanish families locked up until April 26th.
Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has already said that the restrictions will continue until May, as the return to normal will be gradually introduced.
“Isolation measures are working; they are proving effective, “Montero said, stating that at the time there were no plans to loosen the rules to allow children to go out for exercise, as has been demanded by a growing number of rumors.
From Easter Monday, however, the rule that restricts all workers except key workers to their homes and factories and construction sector will be allowed to resume operations.
The Spanish government has also announced an exceptional regime whereby the unemployed will be able to work by harvesting fruit and vegetables during Spain’s spring season while maintaining their allowances. Spain recorded 3.5 million unemployed after the destruction of nearly one million jobs in the second half of March.
Immigrants aged 18 to 21 without a work permit will also be eligible for agricultural jobs until the end of June, as the government has reduced the deficit of foreign collectors to 80,000.
In Paris, Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced that jogging was prohibited between 10:00 am and 7:00 pm after a weekend in which large groups of residents were seen running or strolling through the sunny streets despite the constant influx of patients. in city hospitals.
Elsewhere, the resort of Biarritz in southwestern France has banned people from sitting on public benches for more than two minutes, adding that “pampering is prohibited”.
French cities have already closed public parks and gardens during confinement, as part of the national confinement which requires people to bring a document justifying their travels from home.
Those caught without the document have to pay fines starting from € 135.
The stricter rules came one day when France confirmed a record number of daily coronavirus deaths of 833 people in 24 hours. About 478 people were admitted to ICU during the period, a higher figure than in previous days.
“It is not over. Far from it. The path is long,” warned Health Minister Olivier Veran, urging people to “stay home and continue this confinement effort.”
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner urged regional officials to tighten restrictions locally while some cities imposed their own measures.
It’s nice to make the use of reusable masks mandatory while the mayor of Sceaux, a municipality south of Paris, has issued a decree that obliges all residents over the age of 10 to cover their mouths and noses when they leave their home in starting on Wednesday. Another city in northern France has banned spitting.