Catalonia News Headlines for May 2020
Lockdown Deescalation Begins
After more than six weeks in lockdown due to the coronavirus, Spain begins the deescalation on Sataurday May 2nd, when a four phase process begins, which aims to bring Spain to a "new normal".
- Friday May 1st: Barcelona & Madrid don't fulfil deescalation requirements Barcelona and Madrid don't fulfil the de-escalation requirements but both metropolitan areas will start phase 0 of the deconfinement, even though their number of suspected cases continues out of control and there are enough tests.
- Saturday May 2nd: Spain economy will take 2 years to recover from virus The Spanish economy will take two years to recover from the virus as the Government foresees a fall in GDP of 9.2% but predicts an upturn of 6.8% because of tourism and a report from Sánchez's cabinet to the EU raises the level of unemployment to 19%.
- Sunday May 3rd: Sánchez offers autonomies co-governance of deconfinement Sánchez offers the co-governance of the deconfinement to the autonomies as the president tries to atenuate the criticism by the communities with aid of 16 billion for social and economic recovery.
- Monday May 4th: PP, ERC & PNV make extending state of alarm difficult PP, ERC and PNV make it difficult for Sánchez to extend the state of alarm as the Minister of Health shows he is open to applying the proposal of Consellera Vergès of deconfinement for sanitary areas.
- Tuesday May 5th: Sánchez's partners retire support for state of alarm Sánchez's preferred partners retire their support for the state of alarm as ERC moves to the vote against, PNV errs towards abstention and the Government warns Casado that if he rejects the extension, he will be "responsible for the chaos".
- Wednesday May 6th: German Constitutional Court challenges the ECB The German Constitutional Court challenges the ECB and the European justice system as the German court threatens to block the plan to buy public debt and Lagarde replies that Luxembourg considers it legal.
- Thursday May 7th: Generalitat asks Barcelona to continue in zero phase The Generalitat asks Barcelona to continue in the zero phase of the de-escalation as Foment warns that the delay could be "lethal" for the economy and calls to recover working life now and Madrid asks the Govt to let it advance a stage but not even Ayuso thinks it's ready.
- Friday May 8th: Community of Madrid crisis over Phase I advance Crisis in Community of Madrid due to hurrying to advance Phase I as the director of Health resigns after the regional government decides to put economic considerations before health ones.
- Saturday May 9th: Health allows half of Spain to enter Phase I Health allows half of Spain to enter Phase I but leaves Madrid out as the deescalation of Terres de l'Ebre, Camp de Tarragona and Alt Pirineu is accepted and the diagnoses go back to above 1000 after three days of improvement.
- Sun May 10th: We Have A Future. Never Give Up We Have A Future. Never Give Up
- Monday May 11th: Sánchez refuses to accelerate the deescalation Sánchez refuses to accelerate the deescalation as Madrid, Valencia and Andalucia transmit their disgust at being totally or partly in Phase 0.
- Tuesday May 12th: Worry over lack of plans for coming school year Worry over the lack of plans for the coming school year as teachers and families criticise the opaqueness of the ministry and the councilry over the measures to apply and the necessary resources.
- Wednesday May 13th: Sánchez considers last month continuation of state of alarm Sánchez considers a final month-long continuation of the state of alarm as the president wants agreements with Cs and will try to recover his relationship with ERC, while Casado insists on returning to the ordinary framework.
- Thursday May 14th: EU lauches plan to save summer without quarantines Brussels lauches a plan to save summer that rejects quarantines as the EC wants to lift the controls between countries and that we mustn't discriminate against other Europeans.
- Friday May 15th: Autonomies reject opening schools from 0 to 6 years The autonomies reject opening schools from 0 to 6 years as the Government leaves the decision in Phase 2 to the communities, but they don't see either sanitary or legal guarantees.
- Saturday May 16th: Barcelona & Madrid to continue in Phase I with some relief Barcelona and Madrid will continue in Phase I with some relief as both metropolitan zones can open shops without prior appointment and museums with reduced capacity as Lleida, Girona, Catalonia Central, Alt Penedès and Garraf will move to stage 1.
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