Nationwide state of emergency declared in Spain over virus scourge



A national state of emergency has been declared on Sunday.

There will be a curfew covering all of Spain except the Canary Islands.

This state of emergency was anchored in to curb a second wave of coronavirus cases.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in a televised speech said the newly imposed state of emergency will last until the beginning of May.

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

This new measures against the virus were agreed upon on Sunday during a two-and-a-half-hour cabinet meeting focused on curbing the second wave of the virus.

The government’s statement says the overnight curfew would run from 11:00 pm until 6:00 am.

The state of emergency would initially last for 15 days, but would be extended for six months.

It said these measures are responses to calls for help from 10 Spanish regions and the city of Melilla.

These regions would have the power to limit movement in and out of their territories during the state of emergency.

On Wednesday, Spain became the first European country to record more than a million cases of the virus.

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