Europe became the first region in the world to reach 50 million coronavirus cases on Monday as the more contagious Delta variant prompted a daily new infection rise.
According to Reuters COVID-19 Global Tracker, the region has seen a million new infections every eight days and approximately 1.3 million fatalities.
The Delta variant of COVID-19, which is much more contagious than the original type, has been found in over 100 countries and is now the prevalent variant globally.
Earlier, the regional administration of Catalonia received approval to impose a curfew, residents and visitors in Barcelona. Residents will be once again be required to stay at home at night.
The Catalan high court of justice has granted the go-ahead for limitations to be reinstated. The decision follows a substantial rise in cases in Spain, owing to the advent of the more contagious Delta variant.
The curfew will run from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. in all towns that have more than 400 cases for every 100,000 people over the past seven days, in an area that includes the regional capital, Barcelona.