Spain: Madrid locals react to new COVID-19 restrictions as govt. declares state of emergency

Madrid locals reacted on Sunday to the news of stricter COVID-19 regulations aimed to tackle the spread of the coronavirus infections amid rising case numbers as the government declared a national state of emergency. «Well it affects all restaurants, look at my empty terrace, it means devastation for the employers,» said one of the locals. Another one added, that the measures will be «devastating» for many households. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced earlier on Sunday that the country entered the state of emergency effective for the next 15 days, with the possibility of extending it for the next six months, until the 9th of May if supported by congress. The state of emergency involves a night-time curfew, between 23:00 and 06:00 local time (22:00 and 05:00 GMT). Meetings will also be limited to a maximum of six people. The autonomous communities will be able to introduce internal confinements. Spain has registered 1,046,132 cases of the coronavirus with 34,752 deaths related to it, according to got data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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