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The Spanish government holds an emergency meeting to declare the state of alarm on October 25, with president Pedro Sánchez in the middle (by Moncloa/Borja Puig de la Bellacasa)

25 October 2020 01:38 PM

Spain declares state of alarm, enabling Catalonia to impose night curfew

Madrid grants emergency powers to regional governments amid surging coronavirus numbers, and pledges to extend the measure until May

Health workers in the coronavirus area of Barcelona's Hospital Clínic (by Francisco Àvia/Hospital Clínic)

24 October 2020 03:13 PM

Spain set for second state of alarm as Catalonia sees daily record of 6,000 Covid cases

Night curfew will come into force on Sunday after Spanish cabinet grants emergency powers to regional governments

The Catalan government holding an emergency meeting on Friday (by Jordi Bedmar/Presidència)

23 October 2020 06:53 PM

Catalonia asks Spain to trigger state of alarm to impose night curfew

All-time high of 5,400 Covid-19 cases reported by Catalan health department on Friday

A man in Les Borges Blanques being tested for Covid-19 (by Anna Berga)

23 October 2020 02:00 PM

Catalonia experiences surge of almost 5,300 new Covid-19 cases as curfew looms

Mobility restrictions not ruled out as Spain allows regions to apply measure at own discretion
Spanish health minister Salvador Illa speaking in Congress in June, 2020 (image courtesy of Spanish Congress)

22 October 2020 09:18 PM

Spain rules out curfew for now after no consensus found among regional governments

Catalonia asks for legal mechanisms to restrict mobility when deemed necessary
Vehicles parked at one of the car parks of the Alr Pirineu natural park, October 2020 (by Albert Lijarcio)

22 October 2020 02:12 PM

Catalonia looks at stricter Covid-19 measures amid worsening health situation

Nighttime curfew and capacity limits in parks may be brought in as the pandemic could disrupt the election
A medical professional in Girona wearing protective gear (Source: ICS Girona)

21 October 2020 07:20 PM

Spain surpasses one million coronavirus cases, first in western Europe

Another 156 people have died as Catalonia leads in terms of diagnoses over past 7 days
Covid-19 patients during the first wave in Trueta April, 22 2020 (by Hospital Trueta)

20 October 2020 08:22 PM

Why Covid figures in Spain and Catalonia don’t seem to add up

Reporting delays and methodological differences account for apparent discrepancies

To implement a curfew a state of alarm is needed, says Spain's health minister

20 October 2020 02:40 PM

Spain considering new state of alarm to impose curfew

Health minister to discuss move with regions and says restriction need not be state-wide
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