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Spain decrees state of emergency to contain coronavirus

Health workers pay homage to colleague killed by coronavirus in Leganes, Spain Image: SUSANA VERA

Spain’s Council of Ministers today approved a new state of emergency for the country, which faces yet another wave of infections and deaths caused by covid-19. The information is from El País.

The state of emergency should initially last for 15 days, with the possibility of being extended for another six months (until May 9, 2021), if Congress supports the decision.

The approved text provides for a mandatory curfew across the country between 11 pm and 6 am, in addition to restricting social gatherings to a maximum of six people.

In addition, the state of emergency also allows cities and regions most severely affected by the pandemic to block the entry and exit of people in its territory until the levels of contamination decrease.

Spain entered a state of emergency for the first time on March 14, when it faced the first wave of the covid-19. More recently, with restrictions being relaxed, the country has seen an increase in pandemic numbers again.

In all, the European country has already had more than 1.04 million infected by coronavirus, and almost 35 thousand deaths.

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