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The Catalan government's spokeswoman, Meritxell Budó, has warned that if there is a new outbreak of coronavirus in Catalonia due to the Spanish government's decision to resume work on Tuesday (Monday in Spain) the ones who have taken the measure will be held responsible.

"We are not in a position to safely lift the lockdown measures. If there is a new outbreak, those responsible will be the ones making the decisions without taking into account the opinion of experts", insisted the minister of the presidency. "We demand that Pedro Sánchez, president of the Spanish government, informs us of the experts' report upon which his decision is based. We demand to know objective, verifiable data. We demand to know on what data he has based the decision of lifting the full lockdown", she insisted.

Budó regretted that once Easter is over, the period of total lockdown would come to an end. "We ask that no changes are made until lifting the full lockdown is safe from a healthcare, social and economic standpoint" she stressed.

She recalled that although the number of new cases is decreasing, the number of infected is still high.

She also complained that the Spanish government had not contacted the Catalan government before announcing that next week masks will be distributed to workers. "No state body has contacted the Catalan government to explain how the masks will be distributed. We are in the dark. We demand the State to be rigorous and responsible", she said.