Spain looks to the future after end of emergency laws, curfew

Madrid, May 11 (EFE).- Spain’s state of alarm is “in the past” and it is time for the country to “look to the future” and focus on its vaccination campaign, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Tuesday.

Spain came out of a six-month state of alarm on May 9.

The measure enabled the central government to impose restrictions on mobility, lockdowns and enforce a nationwide curfew to tackle a rapidly growing number of coronavirus cases.

Some regions have asked permission to keep restrictions in place now that the state of emergency has ended.

It is now up to regional governments to appeal to the Supreme Court for approval to enforce restrictions.

Sanchez insisted authorities have a range of tools to tackle the pandemic.

During an official visit to Greece, the prime minister said on Monday Spain was 100 days away from achieving herd immunity, which would mean 70% of the population will have been vaccinated.

Spain has administered 19 million doses of the four available vaccines and 29% of Spaniards have received their first dose. EFE


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