Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte [photo: The Times of Israel]
Oct, 26th 2020 – Spain has declared a national state of emergency and imposed a night-time curfew in an effort to help control a new spike in Covid-19 infections.
Madrid is one of the worst hit regions in Spain and has been subject to some of the toughest restrictions. Spain was hit hard during the first wave of the virus early this year. Like many other European regions, it has been hit by the second wave prompting much more restrictive lockdown.
The news rules were announced on Sunday and they include a curfew between 11pm and 6am. The Prime minister Pedro Sanchez has said he will ask parliament to extend the new rules, initially in force for 15 days, to six months.
Mr. Sanchez, in a televised address on Sunday said, “The situation we are going through is extreme. It is the most serious in the past half century.”
In Italy, apart from curfew, will shut down cinemas, theatres, swimming pools and gyms from Monday while bars, restaurants and cafes will stop operating by 1800hours. shops and other businesses will however remain open.
The Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said that he does not want to repeat the national lockdown that was imposed during the first wave due to economic damage.
“We think that we will suffer a bit this month but by gritting our teeth with these restrictions, we’ll be able to breathe again in December.” Mr. Conte said.
Italy measures were agreed upon between the Prime Minister and regional leaders.