Madrid tightens Covid-19 measures

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The Spanish capital Madrid said it would tighten its lockdown in light of spiralling numbers of new coroanvirus cases, dpa reported. A night-time curfew in the city will from Monday be brought forward an hour to 10 pm  in line with many other Spanish regions.

Restaurants in the capital remain open, but they must close by 9 pm at the latest and can only serve groups of up to four people. Meetings between different households in private homes have been banned.

On Friday Madrid registered a seven-day average of 495 infections per 100,000 residents. Nationwide, that average figure stands at 410.

Madrid's conservative regional government had long resisted imposing more drastic measures, but had its hand forced by an increasing shortage of intensive care capacity, newspaper El Pais wrote on Saturday.

Experts fear the death toll could begin to surge as a result of the high infection rate.

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