Pressure Mounts For Spain To Call A New National Lockdown

Spain has the highest number of COVID-19 infections in Europe after France, having recorded 1.2 million cases and 18,669 deaths. The pressure on hospitals is increasing, with a third of all intensive care beds filled with people battling the coronavirus.
Austria, Britain, France, Germany, and Ireland have all recently re-imposed shutdowns as the virus shows no sign of abating.
So far, Spain has resisted a new shutdown with the government, hoping a national night-time curfew and other restrictions would be enough to slow the infection rate.
After Castilla and Leon decided to close all bars and restaurants on Tuesday, the regions of Murcia and Galicia followed suit, telling its bar owners and restauranteurs that they must shut up shop.
Regional leader Alfonso Fernandez Manueco urged the government to “take responsibility” and “declare the measures which the situation requires” — namely a new lockdown.
All bars and restaurants in the Valencia region must shut at midnight, but if infections start to rise, we could almost certainly expect to see a similar move here.

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