Coronavirus: Spain latest country on lockdown as it declares state of emergency – World News

Spain has become the latest country on lockdown as it declares a state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic.

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez confirmed a 15-day nationwide lockdown on Saturday as part of state of emergency measures to control the spread of the killer virus.

He said the coronavirus crisis requires “extraordinary decisions”.

All shops except pharmacies and store selling basic necessities will be forced to close.

Mr Sanchez has said armed forces will be used in the fight against COVID-19.

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez

The news comes hours after France went into a lockdown.

Restaurants, some shops, cinemas and cafés will shut for the foreseeable future in Édouard Philippe’s nation.

The Prime Minister, 49, has also ordered people to work from home and only go out to buy supplies, take light exercise and vote in the election, which unlike in the UK, remains scheduled.

Public transport will remain open but Mr Philippe encouraged his citizens to limit their use.

He labelled coronavirus France’s “biggest health crisis in a century”. More than 90 people have died of the virus there so far and a further 4,500 are infected.

Spain is now on a lockdown
Spain is now on a lockdown

Speaking at a press conference tonight, Mr Philippe said: “I have decided to close all non-indispensable locations.

“We must absolutely limit our movements.”

“I am conscious of the efforts and sacrifices that we are asking, but I have faith that the French people will have the capacity to overcome this serious moment.”

Exceptions on France’s ban include supermarkets, pharmacies and petrol stations.

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However, entertainment complexes will be forced to close in the third largest country in Europe.

Jerome Salomon, the head of the French public health authority, said there had been a rapid increase in serious cases, including 300 people in intensive care, half of whom were below 60 years of age.


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