In spain, which has been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, the corona state of emergency will last until may 2021. At the request of the left-wing government, the parliament approved a controversial and lengthy extension of the so-called state of alert in madrid on thursday.
During the debate before the vote, health minister salvador illa warned of "very difficult months". We must "act united for the good of all," he demanded.
Opposition leader pablo casado of the conservative people’s party (PP) dismissed the long extension as "legal obstruction. Casado had called for a state of emergency by mid-december to "save the christmas business. However, the government prevailed in the vote by 194 to 53. 99 delegates – including those of the PP – abstained from voting. Four deputies were not present.