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Is Spain heading toward a repeat of March’s total lockdown?

Spain, like most of Western Europe, has been introducing increasingly tough restrictions in a bid to contain the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. But the Spanish government has stopped short of ordering all residents to remain at home, as it did when it introduced a total lockdown during the first wave in March. As cases continue to rise and hospitals come under growing pressure, authorities instead are considering a range of solutions – from the recently declared national curfew to weekend home confinement, which has been proposed by the Catalan government. These are intermediate measures that reduce mobility without stopping it completely, and it is not clear how effective they are nor when they will start to reduce contagions. This has prompted a debate in Europe over whether short but total lockdowns are more effective than long-term and staggered restrictions.

EL PAÍS in English - October 29, 2020

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