Spain announces alarm status due to Corona virus

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After Portugal, Spain has now also declared the alarm state. This could restrict the government’s freedom of movement for people and vehicles.

After Portugal, Spain has now also declared the alarm state. This could restrict the government’s freedom of movement for people and vehicles.

(dpa) – Spain calls the alarm state because of the corona crisis. Prime Minister Pedro S├ínchez announced in Madrid on Friday that this measure should be adopted by an extraordinary Council of Ministers. “We want to mobilize all means of the state to better protect the citizens,” said the socialist, who spoke of an “extraordinary crisis”, at a press conference. Spain faces “tough, difficult weeks”.

The alarm condition is the third highest of the emergency levels provided for in the Spanish constitution. So far, the alarm condition had only been declared once in Spain after the return to democracy in 1975: 2010 because of an air traffic controller strike.

Fundamental rights cannot be restricted

The measure comes into force with the adoption of a so-called royal decree. The left-wing coalition government could then restrict people and vehicles from moving, for example. It could ration and, among other things, have food and other important goods confiscated and order interventions in factories and other production facilities. In contrast to a state of emergency – the next higher emergency level – the fundamental rights of citizens cannot be restricted.


13.03.2020, Austria, Salzburg: A woman with a face mask carries her purchases over the parking lot of a shopping center. In the fight against the corona virus, many shops in Austria will have to close temporarily next week. Food markets and pharmacies can remain open, said Federal Chancellor Kurz on Friday in Vienna. Photo: Barbara Gindl / APA / dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

The Austrian government has been fighting drastic measures against the Corona virus since Tuesday. Now follows the next drastic step – which will affect everyone in the country.


Spain is the country most affected by the epidemic after Europe, which has been closed since Monday evening. The number of deaths in connection with the new SARS-CoV-2 virus on Friday was already 120-36 more than the previous day. According to the Ministry of Health, more than 4,000 people were infected with the Covid-19 pathogen.

Before Spain, the neighboring country Portugal had declared the alarm state on Friday due to the corona virus. The country had only registered 78 cases and no deaths on Friday.


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