Covid: Spain imposes national night-time curfew.

Spain has declared a national state of emergency and imposed a night-time curfew in an effort to help control a new spike in Covid-19 infections.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the curfew, between the hours of 23:00 and 06:00, would come into force on Sunday.

Under the emergency measures, local authorities can also ban travel between regions, he said.

Mr Sánchez said he would ask parliament to approve an extension of the new rules from 15 days to six months.

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Spain was hit hard during the first wave of the pandemic earlier this year and imposed a much more restrictive lockdown – one of the toughest in the world.

Like many other European regions, however, it has been hit by a second wave of infections.

“The situation we are going through is extreme,”

Mr. Sánchez said in a televised address on Sunday, adding: “It is the most serious in the last half-century.”

Movement between districts will be determined by regional leaders and is likely to be dependent on work and medical needs.

There is also a limit on public and private gatherings of different households to a maximum of six people

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