Spain declares the new state of emergency for until May with a nationwide curfew overnight, as coronavirus cases continue to increase
- New state of emergency until the beginning of May 2021 after the government was extended
- An overnight curfew will now be imposed across Spain between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
- Spain was the first European country to record more than 1 million Covid cases
- 19,851 coronavirus cases and 231 deaths were reported on Friday alone
Spain has declared a second nationwide state of emergency for all regions except the Canary Islands to combat a surge in coronavirus cases.
The new state of emergency will initially last 15 days, but the government plans to ask parliament for a six-month extension, which means the restrictions could be enforced by early May 2021.
An overnight curfew will be imposed between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Sunday evening.
Regions have the power to limit movement in and out of their territory and can extend the curfew by one hour at either end, depending on local conditions.
This week, Spain became the first European country to register more than a million cases of the virus – and almost 35,000 people have died from it.
On Friday alone, 19,851 cases and 231 deaths were reported. 20,986 positive tests were taken on Thursday.
Spain has declared a second nationwide state of emergency for all regions except the Canary Islands to combat a surge in coronavirus cases. Pictured: Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez
View of an abandoned Plaza Mayor at 12 noon as part of a citywide curfew at night in Madrid, Spain on October 24th
A local police officer guarded a bar before curfew was imposed on bars and restaurants in Valencia
Spain's new measures were agreed on Sunday at a two-and-a-half-hour cabinet meeting convened following calls from the Spanish regions for power to impose curfews.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in a televised address: “The situation we are going through is extreme.
However, Mr Sanchez said that if conditions permit, the measures could be lifted earlier than the expected six months.
Puerta del Sol is seen abandoned at noon as part of a citywide curfew in Madrid
Local police stop a vehicle at a checkpoint amid a curfew imposed in Valencia early on October 25th
"The state of emergency is the most effective tool to lower the infection rate," he argued.
The authorities responded to calls for help from 10 Spanish regions and the city of Melilla, the government statement said.
Valencia and Madrid imposed regional curfews ahead of the nationwide announcement.
Spain was locked down during an initial state of emergency from March 15 to June 21, and the measures were among the strictest in Europe.
Sanchez said he tried "at all costs" to avoid a second heavy lockdown.
"Let's stay home as often as possible," he urged in the televised address.
"The longer we stay at home, the better we and others will be protected."
The Canary Islands were added to the UK's quarantine-free travel list on Thursday.
Travelers arriving from popular vacation destinations – including Tenerife and Lanzarote – will no longer face a 14-day quarantine from Sunday after Covid-19 cases have fallen to an acceptable level, the Ministry of Transport (DfT) said .
Transport Minister Grant Shapps said: 'Following an assessment of the latest data, the Canary Islands, Maldives, Denmark and Mykonos have been added to the #TravelCorridors list. Starting at 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 25th, you will no longer need to self-isolate when traveling from these destinations. & # 39;
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