Regional decisions to follow last lockdown

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has confirmed that he will request a sixth and final two-week extension to the state of alarm. The Congress of Deputies will vote on the measure tomorrow (Wednesday 3rd June), and if it receives the support of lawmakers, the emergency conditions will be in place until 21st June.
Part of the deal that Sánchez has reached to encourage compliance is that the regions will take part in decision-making with regard to the distribution of European Union funds that will be disbursed to assist with the reconstruction of the members states’ economies in the wake of the crisis. Sánchez told regional chiefs today that Spain would receive €77 billion in transfers from the EU and €63 billion in credits. The sectors that will benefit the most are tourism, trade, renewables, automotive, transport, construction and digital.
“Phase 3 will be one of total governance by the regions, which will have powers to manage their deescalation,” Sánchez told the regional premiers today. The prime minister added that the experts advising the government had recommended that mobility be limited for two more weeks, until 21st June.
Spain is implementing an asymmetrical deescalation plan, with regions, provinces or healthcare areas changing phase according to a number of factors, including primary healthcare capacity. Four of Spain’s islands moved to the final phase on Monday, while areas such as Madrid and Barcelona city remain in Phase 1, given that they were among the hardest hit by the coronavirus epidemic.
The Spanish Health Ministry on Sunday (31st May) reported the lowest number of new coronavirus cases in a day since 6th March. On that date, there were 106 positive tests confirmed, while on Sunday, there were 96 diagnosed in the previous 24 hours.
From 6th March, cases began to spike in Spain, until they reached more than 9,000 infections in a single day toward the end of March. Since then, once the government’s confinement measures began to take effect, contagions slowly started to fall. But until now they had never dropped below a hundred.
That said, the figure should be viewed with some caution. Since the coronavirus crisis began in Spain, there has been underreporting of the figures on Sundays and Mondays, mostly due to lower staffing levels at weekends in hospitals.