Spain will force the use of masks on public transport as of Monday as protection against the coronavirus

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Four people with masks in a park in Pamplona (AP Photo / Alvaro Barrientos)

Spaniards who use public transport will be required to wear a mask starting next Monday as protection against coronavirus, announced this Saturday in a television speech the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez.

Therefore, starting next Monday they will be distributed about 15 million additional masks through various channels.

In addition, Sánchez advanced that will request next Wednesday to the Congress of Deputies a new two-week extension of the state of alarm, which authorizes the Government to take exceptional measures to combat the pandemic.

The virus has not gone away. The virus is still there”, Said the chief executive to justify this new request.

Spain this Saturday exceeded 25,000 deaths from coronavirus, reaching 25,100 deaths, after this Saturday another 276 will be added, according to the count released today by the Ministry of Health. It’s about the third consecutive day that deaths from the pandemic are less than 300 daily.

The new daily cases confirmed by PCR test dropped to 1,147, with a total of 216,582 infected. Further, there are 2,572 new cured, which means that 117,248 people overcame the disease in the country.

Millions of Spaniards were able to go out this Saturday for a walk and do sports, such as running or using their bikes, in the first day of relaxation for adults of the strict confinement measures for the coronavirus pandemic.

After seven weeks of confinement in their homes, from which you could only go out to buy essential items, walk pets or work in essential sectors, many citizens took to the streets and roads to enjoy the outdoors.

Equipped with their sports clothes to run or pedal, or with current clothing to go for a walk, and helped by the almost summer weather that today predominates throughout Spain, the activity stars cities and towns that for almost two months were semi-deserted.

These departures are allowed after the rate of new cases detected stood at 0.55 percent daily, after at their worst times they increased by 35 percent.

The Executive established a series of slots for age-dependent population groups (children, adults, the elderly and the chronically ill) to avoid large concentrations of people and protect the most vulnerable.

Individual outdoor exercise is allowed from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Seniors and dependents can leave from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 19:00 to 20:00, while the walks with children will be from 12:00 to 19:00, always local time.

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