The Spanish government has again decided on a national emergency to be able to impose a night curfew against the crown pandemic. The declaration of the state of alarm, the third highest level of emergency in the country, was agreed on Sunday at an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers in Madrid, as announced by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. The phase, which comes into effect on Sunday, is initially valid for two weeks.
According to the constitution, an extension should be approved by the national parliament. The head of the left-wing minority government said he hoped to be able to extend the state of emergency until May 9 with the support of parliament. The declaration of a state of emergency was requested by ten of the 17 Spanish regions, the so-called autonomous communities. “Europe and Spain are in the middle of the second wave,” Sánchez said.
In a state of emergency, the government can restrict people’s freedom of movement. Unlike the emergency that occurred in Spain between March 14 and June 20 due to Corona, this time there is no total curfew, but a night ban between 11pm and 6am. The provision applies to almost the entire country. Only the Canaries are excluded.
Spain is one of the countries most affected by the pandemic in Western Europe. More than a million infected people have been recorded so far and nearly 35,000 people have died from Covid-19. The number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days is 191.11 with an upward trend.