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Spain: New Restrictions Imposed in Four More Region as Covid Surge


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Four more Spanish regions have introduced fresh restrictions today aimed at curbing a surge in infections.

Andalusia, Galicia, Cantabria, and Castile and León are the latest regions to be required to impose 11 new rules. La Rioja and Murcia began applying the measures on Sunday.

Restrictions include the closure of all nightclubs and the requirement for restaurants and bars not to admit new customers from midnight and to close by 01:00.

Smoking outdoors in public places is banned if social distancing cannot be maintained.

Meanwhile, the northern Basque region is expected to declare a "health emergency" on Monday that allows it to impose tougher restrictions than its neighbours.

Spain has seen a surge in new infections since lifting its three-month lockdown in late June. The death toll stands at more than 28,600 people.

At a news conference Friday, Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa announced all night clubs and dance clubs, with or without live music, will be closed. He also issued a ban on outdoor smoking in public places where a distance of two meters cannot be maintained.

He also said street gatherings where young people meet to drink, known in Spain as "botellónes," are also banned.

New daily cases in Spain have been steadily climbing since the country ended a lockdown of more than three months on June 21. Officials have recorded almost 50,000 cases over the past 14 days, an average of more than 3,000 new cases a day.

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