Spain and Italy are going to extend the blockades

ROME: The death toll in Spain decreased on Thursday when its prime minister said the worst should soon be over. Speaking to an almost empty parliament when more than 300 lawmakers participated remotely, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said it was close to the start of a decline in the epidemic.

This war on the virus will be a complete victory ... the fire is under control, he said. Lawmakers approved a two-week extension of a state of emergency, keeping most people home until April 26. After two days of increases, the number of daily victims fell to 683 people on Thursday in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total to 15,238. Cases in Spain increased to 152,446 from 146,690.

The Lombardy region, devastated by the virus, crossed the 10,000-death mark, while Italy as a whole continued its slow pace to reduce the number of new infections. Lombardy accounted for 300 of the 610 deaths across the country in the past 24 hours. Overall, Italy has the highest number of virus deaths in the world, at 18,279. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is also preparing to extend the national blockade from a current expiration date of April 13 for another two weeks. Around the world, authorities warned against travel during the religious holidays of Easter and Ramadan. Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel He emphasized that even short trips cannot happen. I ran The supreme leader of the ayatollah Ali Khamenei Suggested mass gatherings can be banned through Ramzan, which runs from late April through May.