Lockdown Extended And Children Allowed Outside

Lockdown Extended And Children Allowed Outside.  Parliament has passed the decree extending lockdown to the 9th May.

Lockdown Extended And Children Allowed Outside

Lockdown Extended And Children Allowed Outside

The current lockdown situation has now been extended until midnight on the 9th May, with new measures to allow children outside approved by parliament.  The decision allows children aged 14 and under to leave their homes to exercise for one hour a day.

From Sunday 26th April the under 15s will be able to:

  • leave home between 9am and 9pm
  • take walks withing 1km of their home address
  • ride scooters and bicycles
  • carrys toys and balls
  • play in woodland in rural areas

Parks And Beaches Remain Closed

Parks and beaches will not be re-opened during this lockdown period.  The decree also states that children must be accompanied by one adult at all times.  An adult can supervise three children.  Face masks are not required but are recommended.  All children and adults are still expected to maintain social distancing rules.

Pedro Sanchez

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

Lockdown “Will Not Be Lifted Until We Are Properly Prepared”

Addressing parliament, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said “it is an essential extension because we have to be extremely cautious and lockdown will not be lifted until we are properly prepared for it. We are not going to run any risk that might undo what we have done already. We must protect the citizens and keep our health system safe and that is why, at each step, we shall make sure it is stable before moving onto the next step.”

“If we keep the virus at bay and our health system continues to back up our progress in the same way, we can take a new step forward. If it doesn’t, we shall hold back. And if we notice any risk, we will impose the restrictions again. It is the complexity of the challenge that we have to face.” – Translation by Anne Hernandez.

Coronavirus Blood

COVID-19 has killed more than 20,000 people in Spain.

More than 213,000 Coronavirus Cases In Spain

Spain has registered 213,034 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. 22,157 people have died from the virus in Spain, whilst 89,250 have recovered.

The number of new coronavirus infections in Spain has jumped back up to 5211.  Spain registered 435 new deaths yesterday, a considerable decrease from the peak of 961 on the 3rd April.

In Andalucia there are 12.237 cases of the coronavirus.

Pedro Sanchez

The PM has confirmed another extension to the lockdown period.

The Lockdown In Spain

The Prime Minister announced details of the lockdown which mean people are only permitted to leave their homes in the following circumstances:

  • Travel for food or medical supplies
  • Travel to your workplace (if your work one of the businesses permitted to open)
  • Visiting health centres of hospitals
  • Assisting the elderly and vulnerable
  • Visiting financial institutions and banks
  • Personal emergencies

Lockdown Period

The lockdown will remain in place until the 9th May at the earliest.  Police are likely to stop and question anyone who they believe may not be abiding by the rules.  The government also has the right to draft in army support if civil unrest becomes an issue.

Coronavirus Mortality Rate

The mortality rate for coronavirus currently stands at around 3.4% globally (source: WHO).  In direct comparison, the flu has a mortality rate of around 1% (source: WHO).

Experts maintain that there is no need for panic, and whilst infection can be unpleasant it is very unlikely to be fatal for anyone in good health.

Washing Hands

Frequent hand washing is advised to help protect yourself from catching coronavirus.

 

Protect Yourself From Coronavirus

There are some simple steps you can take to minimise your risk of catching the coronavirus.  The CDC has issued these guidelines:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • It is not not recommended that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Published: 23.04.2020

Written by Dave James

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