New Lockdown for Madrid

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The Spanish government has ordered a 15-day state of emergency to bring down Covid-19 infection rates in the capital, after a court overturned a partial lockdown imposed a week ago.

Madrid and nearby cities will see restrictions enforced by 7,000 police.

The capital has been at the centre of a political row, with the centre-right city authorities challenging the Socialist-led government’s demands.

City officials say cases are down and a state of emergency is unjustified.