TRAVEL ALERT | Spanish Capital To Be Locked Down In Hours, Source Says

MADRID | SPAIN – Madrid and nine satellite towns will come under new lockdown restrictions by decree within hours, a regional government source said on Friday, as the Spanish capital faces the worst COVID-19 infection rate from Europe’s second wave.

The conservative-led Madrid area authority is reluctantly complying with an order from the Socialist-led central government to ban travel except for school, works, health or shopping in an area of 4.8 million people.

Famous for its late-night carousing and usually bustling tourist flow, Madrid is also seeing a curfew for bars and restaurants moved to 11 p.m. from 1 a.m.

The measure is a huge blow to residents of the Spanish capital after already enduring one of Europe’s toughest lockdowns earlier in the year, though this time people with not be prohibited from leaving their homes.

Still, many ‘Madrilenos’ were exasperated at political bickering over the measures and were scrambling to work out just how the new restrictions would affect them.

Heavy Cost

Various others of Europe’s busiest cities have also tightened measures in past days, including limiting numbers in restaurants and making face masks compulsory in more place, to counter the resurgence of coronavirus cases.

Madrid’s new measures will come into effect as soon as the decree is published in the region’s official journal, due before 11 p.m. on Friday, the regional government source told Reuters.

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BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia Says Intercepts Houthi Drones Aimed At Southern Region

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BUSINESS | France Urges Middle Eastern Countries To Stop Boycott Of French Products

PARIS – – France on Sunday urged Middle Eastern countries to stop retail companies from boycotting French products. The foreign affairs ministry said in a statement that in recent days there had been calls to boycott French products, notably food products, in several Middle Eastern countries as well as calls for demonstrating against France over … Continue reading BUSINESS | France Urges Middle Eastern Countries To Stop Boycott Of French Products

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC | Qatar Signs Deal To Buy Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine

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BUSINESS | Kuwait retail co-ops remove French products over Prophet cartoon

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BUSINESS | Qatar Might Get F-35s Despite Israel’s Objections, Israeli Minister Says

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BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia Issues SR20 Banknote To Mark G20 Presidency

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BUSINESS | Parisian Fragrance House Ex Nihilo Cuts Ribbon On Its First Saudi Boutique

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TRAVEL ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Resume Flights For 33 Destinations In November

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