Spain, the European country with the highest number of coronavirus cases, has relaxed some of the restrictions in favor of its children. Amid this global pandemic, children in Spain have been instructed to stay indoors since March 14, which is one of the strict measures to curb the spread of the infectious virus.
But now it is up to these children as Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez said, that restrictions should be relaxed from April 27th so they can get some fresh air.
These come after the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, who also has some young children, has asked the government to let children go outside.
However, there remains a question as to whether it is the right time to allow children to go outside to refresh themselves. There have been 20,600 deaths in Spain, and over 194,400 have been reported nationwide since the outbreak of this novel coronavirus.
On Saturday, Mr. Sanchez said during a TV briefing that Spain went far beyond the most extreme moments and contained the brutal onslaught of the pandemic.
However, he added that he would ask Parliament to extend the lockdown measures until May 9, as the successes are still inadequate and, above all, fragile and could not be canceled by another quick decision.
The same Saturday, 565 new deaths due to the virus were confirmed. This was somehow from what has been reported during the peak of the pandemic.
Also, the government has allowed some non-essential workers to return to their construction and manufacturing work. However, the main lockdown measures remain. Except for children who can go out and breathe fresh air from May 27, adults are only allowed to go out if they visit grocery stores, pharmacies, or jobs that are considered essential.
Although children can now test the fresh air outside, they are instructed not to leave their homes entirely. These 8 million Spanish children were locked up indoors for five weeks in a row and there were concerns about the risk to their health.
The first group to raise concerns was the Spanish Children’s Rights Coalition, which warned that restricting children to indoor could lead to mental and physical problems. They also demanded that the boy and girl be allowed to play outside and be physically active.
Although the prime minister instructed the children to test the outside atmosphere after such a restriction, he gave no insight into how it could be organized. However, he pointed out that it would be under restricted freedom and under certain conditions to avoid the contagion. The prime minister also did not indicate how long that would take.
According to Mr. Sanchez, many children live in a house of around 40 to 50 square meters, and the younger one could even be allowed to take to the streets.
Worldwide, Spain is not just a nation that is worried about its children. Denmark has reopened schools for children under the age of 11, and Germany plans to open some schools on May 4th. Sweden has never closed its schools even after registering over 13,800 cases with 1,500 deaths from the virus.
Archie Fowler was born and raised in Cleveland. As a Reporter, Archie has contributed to several online publications including City Visitor Publications and Quantum Grafix. In regards to academics, Archie has got a Post Graduation Degree in Department Of Business from Cleveland State University. As a Reporter for Chroniclex Archie Covers World Topics.