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Spain Mulls COVID-19 Curfews After it Becomes 1st EU Country to Reach 1 Million Cases

The Spanish government is considering introducing a nighttime curfew to curb rapidly rising COVID-19 cases nationwide after it became the first EU country to reach a million cases.

The Spanish government is considering introducing a nighttime curfew to curb rapidly rising COVID-19 cases nationwide after it became the first EU country to reach a million cases.  

As of October 22, Spain has become the first country in Western Europe to register more than 1 million confirmed COVID-19 infections with 1,005,295 reported cases. 

Spanish Health Minister, Salvador Illa recently expressed that Spain’s second wave is no longer a threat but a reality in a televised address in Madrid.

According to the Health Ministry, 34,000 people have died locally because of COVID-19 with 459 deaths recorded in the past week while one in five intensive care beds is occupied by a virus patient.

Before a curfew is imposed, the Spanish Parliament would need to approve extending the present state of emergency, which was applied to Madrid and nearby cities on October 9, and is set to expire at the end of the week.

Because of that uncertainty, Illa said that he wanted to know which parties are willing to support the proposed curfew.

“If this is where we are going, we need a state of alarm and I want to know who is willing to support me,” said Illa.

The Madrid regional government expressed it is open to a curfew, but it does not want a state of alarm after just entering one earlier this month. 

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