Coronavirus: Spain declares emergency in Madrid as Berlin emerges as hotspot

European countries tighten regional lockdowns as daily cases of Covid-19 keep rising

The Spanish government has declared a state of emergency to keep Madrid in partial lockdown as countries across Europe struggle to deal with the continuing surge in new coronavirus cases.

Spain’s Socialist-led cabinet on Friday finally lost patience with the Madrid regional government’s refusal to obey its calls for tougher action in and around the capital, where infection rates are more than twice the national average.

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