Spain banned Saturday from leaving the house other than going to work, seeing a doctor or buying essential supplies to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced the movement restrictions after the number of infections in this nation rose sharply from around 46 million people.
They are part of a package of measures introduced as part of a 15-day alert that was officially declared by his government on Saturday.
Spain has confirmed more than 1,500 new cases of coronavirus since Friday evening, increasing its total to 5,753 cases, the second highest in Europe after Italy.
The disease has claimed 183 lives in Spain so far.
"The ban on circulating on the street … must be followed as of today," he said in a television speech after a more than seven-hour cabinet meeting.
Spaniards can leave home to go to work, "buy bread", go to the pharmacy and get medical care, but "don't have dinner with a friend," he added.
All stores except pharmacies and supermarkets will close nationwide, the Prime Minister said.
"Our hands won't shake to fight the virus," said Sanchez.
Bars, restaurants and all shops except supermarkets had closed in the Madrid region for two weeks on Saturday, which accounts for more than half of all infections.
The Mayor of Seville had announced on Saturday that the famous Holy Week processions in the southern city with tufts with a hood were canceled due to the outbreak of the virus.
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