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Spain PM declares national state of emergency over outbreak

Agencies | Updated: 2020-10-25 21:53
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A medical worker takes care of a patient infected with COVID-19 at the intensive care unit of the Infanta Sofia University hospital amid the coronavirus disease outbreak in San Sebastian de los Reyes, outside Madrid, Spain on Oct 14, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

BARCELONA, Spain — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has declared a second nationwide state of emergency in hopes of stemming a resurgence in coronavirus infections.

The Socialist leader told the nation in a televised address that the extraordinary measure will go into effect on Sunday.

Sánchez said that his government will use the state of emergency to impose an 11 pm-6 am nationwide curfew, except in the Canary Islands.

The prime minister says that Spain's 19 regional leaders will have authority to set different hours for the curfew as long as they are stricter, close regional borders to travel and limit gatherings to six people who don't live together.

"The reality is that Europe and Spain are immersed in a second wave of the pandemic," Sánchez said after meeting with his Cabinet.

The leader added that he will seek the endorsement of the Parliament this week to extend the state of alarm for six months, until May.

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