Spanish Ministry of Health Announces Almost 20,000 New Coronavirus Cases

The Spanish Health Minister, Salvador Illa, has announced 19,851 new coronavirus cases and 231 deaths for Friday, October 23.

In total, over a million people, 1,046,132, have been infected and 34,752 have died in Spain since the beginning of the pandemic, according to official data provided by Health. Spanish PM, Pedro Sánchez, has warned that “very tough months” are ahead and has appealed for “social discipline” to stop the virus.

The regions of Extremadura, Asturias and the Basque Country have requested the Government to declare a state of alarm. Melilla has also joined this request. “We are at level four out of five and we have many municipalities that have already exceeded 500 positives per 100,000 inhabitants”, explained the Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, who called for exceptional measure for all of Spain.

The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, has recognized that the Government seeks “clear support” in the parliamentary and regional sphere to guarantee that, if the decision is made to apply the curfew within a state of alarm, it would be extended beyond 15 days.

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