Today Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced a total lockdown on everybody who are not working in essential sectors
Since the lockdown started on the 14th of March, people who are working in offices have still been able to go to work as long as they don’t let in clients and visitors. Constructions workers and craftsmen have also been allowed to work until as long as they were working in empty apartments and buildings. The new stricter lockdown rule will only allow those employed within supermarkets, pharmacies, health care, police and firefighters, veterinarians and pet food vendors, opticians, gas stations, tobacconists, the press, IT and telecommunication, internet vendors, and dry cleaners to go to work.
An extraordinary cabinet meeting will be held on Sunday to approve the confinement of non-essential workers from Monday 30th of March until Thursday 9th of April.
The aim is to slow down the spread of the Covid-19 so that the hospitals can cope with the high number of patients that are in need of intensive care. If this is not done now, the Spanish health care system could collapse at the end of next week.
So far more than 5.700 people have died of Covid-19 in Spain and more than 72.000 have been infected. There are currently 4575 patients in ICUs in Spanish hospitals.