Spain declares virus emergency as global cases soar Oct 26, 2020 0 264 12345 AFPMadridSpain declared a national state of emergency on Sunday to tackle a second coronavirus wave as the World Health Organization reported a third straight day of record new infections across the world.The WHO has warned that some countries are on a “dangerous track”, with too many witnessing an exponential increase in cases, and called on countries to take further action to curb the spread of the disease.In total, the UN agency’s figures showed that 465,319 cases were declared on Saturday alone, half of them in Europe.Covid-19 has now claimed the lives of 1.1 million people -- a fifth of them in the United States -- and infected more than 42 million globally.The WHO has said that the northern hemisphere was at an especially critical juncture with winter looming.As the disease continued its relentless march across Europe, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced the new state of emergency and overnight curfews across the entire country except for the Canary Islands.The move came after Spain became the first EU member state to pass the grim milestone of one million cases. “The situation we are going through is extreme,” Sanchez said.Italy -- the epicentre of the first European outbreak -- also ramped up restrictions on daily life, ordering the closure of theatres, cinemas and gyms and shutting bars and restaurants early.Governments are struggling to balance new restrictions against the need to revive economies already battered by earlier draconian lockdowns after the virus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.But populations weary of social isolation and economic hardship have bristled at the tougher measures.“This is going to destroy us,” Augusto D’Alfonsi, who owns the Torricella family-run fish restaurant in Rome, told AFP after the new measures were announced.“We’ve already lost 50 percent of our customers this year. Without government aid, we’re done for.” Dozens of far-right protesters in Rome clashed with riot police overnight during a demonstration against a curfew, setting off fireworks, burning bins and throwing projectiles.There has also been opposition to tighter curbs in Spain, but some said they accepted that there need to be controls. “The curfew is good for those who are drinking in the street a lot lately, because at our age people go out a lot, they are uncontrolled and then what happens, happens,” said 17-year-old student Juan Pelayo in the town of Valladolid. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES With everything to lose, Trump barrels into final stretch Oct 26, 2020 0 265 Erdogan doubles down in backlash against Macron’s Islam comments Oct 26, 2020 0 254 Lukashenko sworn in as Belarus president in secret ceremony Oct 26, 2020 0 580 We are not going to control pandemic, says Trump aide AFP Washington Donald Trump’s chief of staff said Sunday that “we’re not going to control the pandemic,” drawing a rebuke from the Biden campaign that “they are admitting defeat.” Chief of staff Mark Meadows was speaking .. Brexit talks no closer to a deal, say insiders AFP Brussels Britain and the European Union are still a long way from a post-Brexit trade deal, several European sources told AFP Sunday, as both sides prepared to resume talks this week. “The negotiations are .. Treaty banning nuclear weapons to enter into force AFP United Nations, United States An international treaty banning nuclear weapons has been ratified by a 50th country, the UN said Saturday, allowing the “historic” text to enter into force after 90 days. While nuclear .. Some 2,000 protest Germany’s coronavirus regulations in Berlin dpa Berlin Some 2,000 people gathered on Berlin’s central Alexanderplatz square on Sunday to protest the measures imposed across Germany to curb the spread of the coronavirus. “There was largely neither the minimum ..