Spain declares state of emergency in Madrid as police ordered to take control of borders

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The Spanish Government has approved new drastic measures which will involve police patrols around borders in Madrid.

The new measure will come into force immediately from 3pm on Friday.

Spain has the highest number of coronavirus infections in Europe and the latest restrictions come amid a power struggle between the Government and Spanish court.

Just 24 hours ago a Spanish court struck down a government order imposing a partial coronavirus lockdown on the Spanish capital.

Under the Health Ministry’s order, residents in Madrid would from leaving the area, including nine satellite towns.

Regional government chief Isabel Diaz Ayuso had opposed the order, saying it would ravage the region’s economy, also arguing the ministry had no power to impose such curbs on a region.

On Thursday the Superior Court of Justice of Madrid, threw out the order and branded the restrictions an “interference by public authorities in citizens’ fundamental rights without the legal mandate to support it”.

This is a developing news story, more to follow.

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