A control on Palma's Via Cintura.

03-04-2020Alejandro Sepúlveda

Spain's interior minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, has said that there will be an increase in traffic controls over Easter, both during the day and at night.

Since the weekend, the number of nighttime controls has been increased. These are for checking movements of vehicles leaving large cities in particular. "These controls will be implemented over Easter. We are in no doubt that reducing mobility saves lives, which is why these controls will continue to be effective and important," the minister told a press conference. Figures from the traffic directorate for Sunday offer a "reason to be hopeful"; there was 90% less traffic than normal.

"These figures are meaningful, as behind them are thousands of infections being prevented, thousands of lives not being put at risk. This is the best applause we can offer to all health personnel and all those who are in hospital."

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Mark Badoer / Hace 6 months

I get the traffic controls, no problem with that. But what I do find rather off-putting, is why a lot of them have to be fully armed, with machine guns on their bellies, standing wide legged. I know it looks cool, but is this really necessary? People are stressed enough as it is, about getting food like it is war time, about their jobs and future not to mention their lives. As far as I know we live in a democratic state, not a police state. But I reckon these guys love it all, as they finally see some sort of action. The good old Franco days relived a bit.

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