UPDATED 12:25 PM PT – Sunday, October 11, 2020
The leaders of Spain and Portugal gathered this weekend to discuss a recent rise in coronavirus cases within the Iberian Peninsula. On Saturday, Prime Ministers Antonio Costa and Pedro Sanchez discussed the health and safety measures in both countries, which are suffering economically due to the pandemic.
Costa has said his country cannot resort to a second lockdown in response to the rising case numbers.
“I think we all know that society, families, companies cannot afford the cost of a general lockdown like the one we had at the beginning of the pandemic,” he said. “We have over 100,000 unemployed people, the price of this pandemic.”
A #CimeiraLusoEspanhola da #Guarda sublinhou mais uma vez, num momento difícil para todos nós, a importância do diálogo estratégico e permanente entre Portugal🇵🇹 e Espanha🇪🇸. Na cidade mais alta de 🇵🇹 elevámos a cooperação entre países vizinhos, parceiros na 🇪🇺 e Aliados na NATO. pic.twitter.com/EXZ29oES5o
— António Costa (@antoniocostapm) October 10, 2020
Meanwhile, Sanchez has argued leaders should listen to doctors and scientists. He added the country needs to find an end to partisan fighting.