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Tougher measures imposed in Europe as infection rates rise

SPAIN is considering imposing curfews to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The country’s health minister, Salvador Illa (pictured), said a two-week state of emergency is needed — which would require support from opposition parties — to introduce new measures, including caps on the number of people that can meet and reducing opening hours at restaurants.

Spain is one of western Europe’s worst-affected countries, with Covid infections approaching 1million. Nearly 38,000 cases were recorded on Monday, and the death toll rose by 217 to 33,992. Elsewhere, Berchtesgaden district, in south-east Germany, last night entered a 14-day lockdown after cases rose above 200 per 100,000 residents in a week. Schools, restaurants and hotels were shut and residents urged to stay at home.

Germany recorded 6,868 new cases on Monday — below the record of 7,830 on Saturday, but more than a week earlier.

Meanwhile, Portugal’s prime minister Antonio Costa has ditched plans to make the government’s Covid-19 tracing app mandatory after opponents, dubbed it ‘unworkable’ and ‘unconstitutional’.