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Spain announces new state of emergency as COVID infections soar

By Belén Carreño and Jessica Jones

 

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FILE PHOTO: A closed restaurant is pictured during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Barcelona, Spain, October 14, 2020. REUTERS/ Albert Gea

 

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced a new state of emergency on Sunday in an effort to curb soaring coronavirus infections, imposing local nighttime curfews and banning travel between regions in some cases.

 

The measures go into force from Sunday night and will require all regions except the Canary Islands to impose a nighttime curfew and limit the number of people allowed to meet to six.

 

"We are living in an extreme situation ... it is the most serious health crisis in the last century," he told a news conference following a cabinet meeting.

 

Catalonia was one of the first regions on Sunday to use the new legislation to impose a curfew, which will take effect at 10 p.m. Establishments open to the public will have to close at 9 p.m.

 

Police were patrolling the city before the curfew took effect and locals welcomed the new rule.

 

"I believe that in a certain way a measure had to be taken because everything was getting a little out of control," said vocational training teacher Paula. "I think more measures will come, but it's a good start."

 

Other regions that announced curfews from Sunday night included Cantabria and La Rioja.

 

Spain imposed one of the toughest lockdowns early on in the pandemic and then relaxed curbs over the summer.

 

But like many other European countries it has seen a second wave hit in recent weeks, and now has one of the highest numbers of infections in Western Europe. Total cases rose to 1,046,132 on Friday, while the death toll is nearing 35,000.

 

The state of emergency will need parliamentary approval to last beyond 15 days. Sanchez asked for parliament to approve its extension up to May 9.

 

A growing number of regions had been calling on the government to implement the measure.

 

The Madrid region had already limited the number of people who could meet inside homes to six, as well as banning the mixing of different households overnight.

 

Canary Islands vice president Roman Rodriguez tweeted he was "satisfied" the tourist hotspot had been excluded from the curfews but encouraged people not to let their guard down.

 

The islands hope to save their tourist season after the UK and Germany decided last week they were no longer a travel risk.

 

The decree will serve as a legal framework to implement a new warning system of levels, similar to the ones already applied in countries such as Germany and France.

 

According to the level of risk, travelling between regions could be banned if a regions decides, except for justified reasons such as working. Movement could also be restricted within regions in localised lockdowns.

 

Most of the regions are already above the parameters to be considered at the highest level of risk.

 

(Reporting by Belén Carreño and Jessica Jones; Editing by Catherine Evans, Frances Kerry and Nick Macfie)

 

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Been reading quite a bit about Long-Covid too.  My neighbour has it and is really struggling, only being able to walk short distances unaided.  He's in his mid forties and until getting Covid some months ago he was a keen squash player.  Distressing to see

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11 hours ago, webfact said:

The state of emergency will need parliamentary approval to last beyond 15 days. Sanchez asked for parliament to approve its extension up to May 9.

May 9th next year !   ??????

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Europe is a shame. These people never cared much about protection and even demonstrated against it. Now they pay for it and there is no end in sight. I understand that Thais are scared of farangs.  If I am honest I am happy too that it is not easy for them to enter Thailand. Imagine we have such a Corona problem here. No really - I don't want this.

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2 hours ago, johng said:

May 9th next year !   ??????

No, May 9th 2022...after that there is the football world cup and they need to be free...

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Infections are not the problem it's the hospitalizations and deaths. Lots of infections are in fact good (as long as hospitalizations remain low) as it helps society move forward to the biological fact of herd immunity. Certainly as much care as possible must be made to protect the elderly. The deaths are rising which is a matter of concern. I cannot find hospitalizations, but elsewhere in Europe (France, Italy and Germany for example) where they show the serious or critical cases, it's quite low at 1% or less per nation.

 

Sweden is of course sitting pretty now with only 39 serious cases and single digit mortalities in the nation despite the large rise in cases. Keeping the country relatively open last winter helped them immensely. The lockdowns elsewhere are just making the economic, social and epidemiological problems last much longer.

 

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/sweden/

 

People need to realize the ifr for the disease is in the .1-.6% range. One prominent German virologist put it at .4%. For healthy people in their 40s, there is a 2 in 1000 chance of dying. For children, this disease has a lower mortality rate than the flu. It is for the elderly that there is a serious concern as they are 1000 times more likely to have a fatal case than a younger person and special care must be given to them.

 

https://gbdeclaration.org/frequently-asked-questions/

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4 hours ago, from the home of CC said:

they opened up for tourists and are still paying a heavy price for it, the Canaries will be next of course..

There're plenty of nations that haven't opened and the infections are still rising.

 

Therefore, be a country open or not - no difference.

 

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7 hours ago, vermin on arrival said:

Sweden is of course sitting pretty now with only 39 serious cases and single digit mortalities in the nation despite the large rise in cases. Keeping the country relatively open last winter helped them immensely.

 

Last winter?

 

 

 

 

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8 hours ago, dastakantattaka said:

There're plenty of nations that haven't opened and the infections are still rising.

 

Therefore, be a country open or not - no difference.

 

oh, come on... in New Zealand it's never been a big deal. Even the lock down was a breeze because it was done very early. All the infections are from people being allowed into NZ (and everyone seems to be desperate to get here for some reason - I wonder what they is?) but kept in quarantine. I am surprised at the numbers who are coming to NZ who are infected. I would guess covid-19 is far more widespread than anyone is admitting. NZ immigration website has had the biggest number of hits from the US, ever, of people looking how to emigrate to NZ.. I have never worn a mark, and my daily life is perfectly normal...

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