Spain: New nationwide state of emergency declared in response to COVID-19

Spain declared a new nationwide state of emergency on Sunday, with the aim of containing the spread of the coronavirus. «The government, meeting in an extraordinary council of ministers, has just decreed a nationwide state of emergency, which will come into effect this very afternoon,» announced the Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez. The measure has been approved for 15 days, although with the possibility of extending it for the next six months, until 9 May, if supported by congress. The state of emergency brings with it a night-time curfew, between 23:00 and 06:00 local time (22:00 and 05:00 GMT), although the autonomous communities will have the option of advancing or delaying this time by one hour. The measure will apply throughout Spain except for the Canary Islands, said Sanchez. Meetings will also be limited to a maximum of six people. The autonomous communities will be able to introduce internal confinements and restrict entry to and exit from their territory. Sanchez has reiterated the Executive's goal of achieving a cumulative incidence of cases of 25 per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days. «That is our goal, 25 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. We are at 368 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. We have a long way to go, we're going to have to deploy a huge exercise in social discipline, in the morale of victory, but I have no doubt that just as we did in the first wave, we're going to do it in this second wave,» the president said. According to the latest data from the Spanish Ministry of Health, on 23 October 1,046,132 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the country, of which 34,752 people died with the disease. © Government of Spain.
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