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Spanish lockdown being challenged in court

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2020 | 3:20 PM
Face masks and gloves hang from a balcony in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul White)

MADRID — The regional authority of Madrid is appealing to Spain’s Supreme Court over the Spanish government’s refusal to ease its lockdown.

The Madrid regional government said in a statement Wednesday it believes that technical assessments over what areas can loosen restrictions adopted to stem the new coronavirus outbreak are not being applied in the same way in different parts of the country.

The Madrid region has officially recorded almost 67,000 of the country’s 232,000 COVID-19 cases, making it the hardest-hit area.

The conservative Popular Party, which is the Socialist-led national government’s main opposition, has a controlling majority in the Madrid regional authority.

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