"We have to be consequent but its excessive" - Madrid bar owner on state of emergencyRecord ID: 1463745
- Title: "We have to be consequent but its excessive" - Madrid bar owner on state of emergency
- Date: 13th March 2020
- Summary: MADRID, SPAIN (MARCH 13, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE AT BAR WATCHING STATEMENT OF SPAINÂ´S PRIME MINISTER PEDRO SANCHEZ DECLARING STATE OF EMERGENCY IN SPAIN WAITER VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WATCHING SANCHEZÂ´S STATEMENT (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) 52-YEARS-OLD PROFESSOR, ONLY COSTUMER AT BAR EL ESPEJO, RICARDO RODRIGUEZ, SAYING: "Things could have been a little slower, I mean, they should have taken other measures with more time, not so drastic. As they have commented before, we have gone in 24 hours from closing the terraces to closing the bars, and now a state of emergency that we do not really understand what it means." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) 56-YEARS-OLD OWNER OF BAR EL ESPEJO, SERGIO MUNGUIRA, SAYING: "I am very surprised that on Sunday there was a demonstration, today at 9 a.m. I was told that we cannot open the terraces, at 1 p.m. that we cannot open the bar and at 2 p.m. a state of emergency. I think that for the good of the community we have to be consistent but this seems excessive to me." PEOPLE WATCHING SANCHEZÂ´S STATEMENT EXTERIOR OF BAR EL ESPEJO SIGN READING IN SPANISH "CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO HEALTH ALERT IN MADRID" VARIOUS OF BAR EL ESPEJO EXTERIORS
- Keywords: Pedro Sanchez Spain coronavirus outbreak state of emergency
- Reuters ID: LVA001C4W0ABR
- Location: MADRID, SPAIN
- City: MADRID, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Duration: 00:01:52
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: Spaniards reacted with surprise at Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announcement on Friday (March 13) that government will declare state of emergency over coronavirus outbreak.
The state of emergency, which Sanchez said will formally be decided by a cabinet meeting on Saturday (March 14), will give the government power to take wide-ranging measures including temporarily occupying factories or any other premises except private homes.
"I think that for the good of the community we have to be consistent but this seems excessive to me" told Reuters Sergio Munguira, owner of El Espejo bar.
The Madrid region - Spain's wealthiest - has also decided to close restaurants, bars and shops from Saturday, media including Efe news agency said, with only supermarkets and pharmacies allowed to remain open. Authorities could not yet confirm this.
Spain has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in Europe after Italy. The current Spanish tally stands at 4,209, up by about 1,000 cases from Thursday and seven times as much as on Sunday. About 120 people have died.
Sanchez said the number of cases in Spain could jump to over 10,000 as early as next week but added he was confident the country would defeat the virus, urging all citizens to do their part.
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