Spain orders nationwide curfew as COVID-19 cases soar

Barcelona: Spain declared a national state of emergency on Sunday and a curfew for the entire country except the Canary Islands to curb a second wave of coronavirus cases.

The new state of emergency will last until early May, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in a televised speech.

"The situation we are going through is extreme," he stressed.

The measures were agreed earlier on Sunday at a two-and-a-half-hour cabinet meeting convened following calls from Spanish regions for the power to impose curfews themselves.

A government statement said the overnight curfew would run from 11:00 pm until 6:00 am, currently 22:00 GMT to 05:00 GMT.

While the state of emergency would initially last for just 15 days, the government planned to ask parliament to extend it for six months, the statement added.
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