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Spain declares state of emergency in Madrid region after judges overturn partial lockdown

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People hold placards during a protest against government as Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez meets Madrid regional leader Isabel Diaz Ayuso, at Puerta del Sol square in Madrid, Spain, September 21, 2020. Placards read "Government resignation". © Reuters / Sergio Perez
Madrid calls for army’s help as Spanish capital heads for partial lockdown amid Covid-19 surge

The restrictions, which were imposed on October 2, barred residents of Madrid and the nine surrounding towns from leaving the city limits except for work, school or on medical grounds. A curfew was imposed on bars and restaurants from 11pm.

However, following the court ruling, Sanchez told regional authorities that the central government would invoke a state of emergency, which basically keeps the same restrictions, if they fail to pass stricter measures themselves. Central authorities insisted that stricter measures were needed ahead of the upcoming bank holiday weekend.

The country currently has the highest number of coronavirus infections in Europe, and the World Health Organization said there were 741 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people in Madrid in the two weeks to October 7, as the city is again at the epicenter of the Covid-19 crisis in Europe.

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