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Spain declares state of emergency until May over massive coronavirus spike

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Spain has introduced a state of emergency and tightened rules relating to lockdown following a growing spike in coronavirus cases.

Travel to the Canary Island – where Brits are currently permitted to holiday without going into quarantine on their return to the UK – has not been affected by the change in rules.

However a strict 11pm to 6am curfew is expected to be in place on mainland Spain for at least the next seven months – staying in place until May 2021.

Social gatherings, travel between communities and the 11am to 6pm curfew can be extended or reduced by one hour either side by regional leaders.

The strict new measures are being introduced to help curb night-time socialising in Spain – which has recorded over 1 million cases so far, and recorded 34,752 deaths relating to the Covid-19 virus.

The Express reports that the state of emergency was approved by the Spanish cabinet on Sunday morning – and is being put to the Spanish parliament for approval.

While Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, is hosted a press conference to explain the new measures and restrictions on Sunday afternoon.

Community leader authorities in Spain will also be allowed to implement travel bans to and from regions as part of the new rules.

While a four tier system is set to be introduced to indicate different levels of restrictions in different areas.

Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez said: “We are living in an extreme situation…it is the most serious in the last half century.”

While the state of emergency will need parliamentary approval to extend beyond 15 days, it is reported that support for the measures being in place for months have been welcomed by badly hit regions of Spain.

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  • Coronavirus
  • Spain

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