RISING COVID-19 cases have caused Murcia’s health minister, Manuel Villegas, to criticise the lack of restraint among Spaniards in the region in following safety rules.

“The Chinese people are disciplined but the Spanish are not,” Villegas said.

“We must wear masks, social distance ourselves and wash our hands. Normality is not returning because the rules are not being followed.”

Villegas pleaded for social contacts ought to be kept to a bare minimum for four weeks and for masks to be worn at all times, except when eating and drinking.

“We need a month of social discipline to get things back to normal,.” he stated.

“The increase in new cases in the Murcia region is worrying and we must do our part to stop it.”

“Normality is not returning because the rules are not being followed.”

Manuel Villegas made no mention of the regional government bringing in extra compulsory rules to back up his measures, but pointed out that Murcia was stricter compared to other Spanish regions.

“The curve of new cases is rising daily despite all the restrictions that we have brought in.” he added.

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