Leading epidemiologist says Spain 'deserves' to go back into lockdown

After relaxing coronavirus measures and seeing a spike in coronavirus cases, a leading epidemiologist has said Spain needs to go into lockdown.

Juan Martinez, the ex-director of public health for Madrid which is at the heart of the new wave of infections, said the harsh measures are ‘probably’ the only way to bring the virus back under control.

Previously Spanish Prime Minister ruled out a national lockdown after it nearly crippled the economy, although it did reduce coronavirus cases nationwide.

The Prime Minister said he prefers local lockdowns as it only covers areas with really bad cases.

Speaking as officials mull the new measures, Mr Martinez said: ‘We probably need another national lockdown because we haven’t done things properly following the end of the first one. We’ve certainly earned one.

‘What should concern us is the number of people who are seriously ill and dying,’ he added in an interview with with Spanish TV station Telecinco.

‘On Tuesday 241 people died from coronavirus in Spain. That’s intolerable because this is a preventable illness.’



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