Spain will extend its state of emergency until May

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Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez expects to extend the country’s state of emergency into May to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“I am convinced that in 15 days we will have to do it because we won’t have put an end to the pandemic,” he said.

Sanchez told Spanish lawmakers on Thursday about this possibility as he asked them to approve a separate extension until the end of April.

The prime minister said he believes his government would not have been able to convince the opposition to approve its request for an extension if he had asked for a month, instead of two weeks.

“I prefer to come into this chamber every 15 days to ask for an extension to the State of Emergency,” he said.

There are more than 152,000 cases of coronavirus in Spain, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.

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