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Spain turned the primary Western European nation to surpass a million coronavirus instances this week, adopted shortly thereafter by France. As of Sunday morning, according to a Times database, 34,752 folks in Spain had died.

The nation declared a state of emergency and ordered a nationwide curfew to start on Sunday after Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez warned that the nation was going through an more and more dire scenario. The curfew will restrict motion from 11 p.m. to six a.m., besides within the Canary Islands, the place there are fewer new instances.

The brand new emergency powers will final for 15 days however might be prolonged till Could. They permit regional officers to impose harsher restrictions on motion between areas and to restrict gatherings to 6 folks.

Listed here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic.

In different developments:

  • Italy tightened restrictions, ordering early closings of bars and eating places and the full shutdown of gyms, swimming swimming pools, theaters, cinemas and live performance halls.

  • A minimum of three top aides to Vice President Mike Pence have examined optimistic for the coronavirus prior to now few days, elevating recent questions concerning the security protocols on the White Home and Mr. Pence’s decision to remain on the campaign trail.

  • Six American states reported their highest-ever an infection totals on Saturday because the U.S. introduced greater than 78,000 new instances nationwide, sooner or later after the nation shattered its single-day report with more than 85,000 new cases.

  • In Ukraine, the place voting by mail will not be allowed, election officers, some sporting organic hazard fits, went door to door to gather ballots from individuals who have been self-isolating or sick at dwelling.

With simply over every week till the U.S. election, and simply sooner or later after the nation hit a brand new excessive for coronavirus instances, President Trump returned to the campaign trail for a sequence of rallies and once more sought to attenuate the surging pandemic, mocking his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, for following the social-distancing suggestions of public well being officers.

Within the remaining dash of the marketing campaign, Mr. Trump is holding as much as three rallies a day to try to energize his base as polls present he’s trailing Mr. Biden.

Regardless of financial hardship and a public well being disaster, voters are still finding ways to forged their ballots. In lots of states, that has meant ready in lengthy traces, navigating complicated election infrastructure and overcoming makes an attempt at voter intimidation. Over the weekend, early in-person voting started in Florida, New York, Wisconsin and different states.

Trump: “That’s all I hear about now. That’s all I hear, activate tv,” Mr. Trump mentioned at a marketing campaign occasion in Lumberton, N.C. “Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid.”

Biden: “I want I may go automotive to automotive and meet you all,” Mr. Biden mentioned at a drive-in rally close to Philadelphia. “I don’t like the thought of all this distance, but it surely’s obligatory. I admire you being secure. What we don’t wish to do is develop into superspreaders.”

Catch up: Right here’s our roundup of this week in the 2020 race.

Lengthy earlier than the coronavirus swept throughout Europe this spring, many cities had been complaining that short-term residence leases geared toward vacationers have been driving up housing prices and destroying the character of historic districts.

However a halt in worldwide journey has led many European cities to seize the opportunity to push short-term leases again onto the long-term housing market. In Lisbon, town authorities is turning into a landlord by renting empty residences and subletting them as backed housing. And in Barcelona, the housing division is threatening to take possession of empty properties and do the identical.

“We can’t tolerate that lodging that might be rented to Parisians are actually rented all 12 months to vacationers,” the deputy mayor of Paris mentioned. The variety of days per 12 months {that a} Parisian property may be rented by platforms like Airbnb is capped at 120, however breaches should not unusual.

Official response: Confronted with accusations from lawmakers of disregarding native statutes, Airbnb denied any wrongdoing. “The place there’s a vigorous dialogue about the correct rules, we’re a part of that dialog,” mentioned a spokesman for the corporate. “Finally that’s for native politicians to resolve.”

Elections in Russia generally is a cynical affair, with incumbents usually working in opposition to no-name candidates to create the phantasm of democracy. So when the mayor of the tiny village of Povalikhino, about 300 miles east of Moscow, requested the lady who cleaned Metropolis Corridor to run, he thought his second time period was all however assured. It wasn’t.

Our reporter appears on the new mayor, Marina Udgodskaya, above, and an episode of a managed election gone awry.

First African-American cardinal: Pope Francis on Sunday elevated Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington, because the pontiff continues to redirect the church towards better acceptance of these on the margins. Here’s what you need to know.

Hong Kong activists: Hong Kong has lengthy been a spot of shelter for folks escaping conflict, famine and political oppression in mainland China. However China’s powerful new safety legislation, imposed this summer season, has led Hong Kong activists to seek refuge elsewhere. They’ve been granted asylum within the U.S., Canada and Germany, additional deteriorating relations between China and the West.

Nuclear weapons ban: A treaty aimed at destroying all nuclear weapons and prohibiting their use has been ratified by a fiftieth nation and can enter into pressure in January. The U.S. and the world’s eight different nuclear-armed international locations boycotted the negotiations that created the treaty and have proven no inclination to simply accept it.

Snapshot: On Sunday, simply over a 12 months after massive demonstrations in opposition to inequality swept the nation, Chileans voted on whether or not to scrap their dictatorship-era Constitution and write a brand new one, above.

Lives Lived: Tom Maschler, the swashbuckling British writer who fostered the literary careers of greater than a dozen Nobel laureates and conceived the coveted Booker Prize, died this month at 87.

What we’re studying: This Ringer article about one man’s quest to eat a brand new “Spicy Ghost Pepper Donut” at Dunkin’ Donuts. “Is it scrumptious? Unclear. However it’s positively an expertise,” says Claire Moses of The Morning e-newsletter.

Prepare dinner: Roasted fish with sweet bell peppers and a garlicky parsley dressing comes collectively rapidly for a wholesome weeknight dinner.

Learn: Should you’ve by no means learn any of Agatha Christie’s novels, here’s a guide to those consolation books, as our reviewer describes them. She writes: “There’s one thing soothing concerning the acquainted components. there shall be at the least one homicide and fairly probably extra.”

Do: Interested in hydroponic gardening? Right here’s learn how to reap a whole lot of produce with out a lot as getting your palms soiled.

Uncover extra initiatives in our At Home collection on what to learn, prepare dinner, watch and do whereas staying secure at dwelling.

Twenty-two million jobs within the U.S. have been misplaced in March and April due to the coronavirus pandemic. That’s as many as the full misplaced within the Nice Despair and Nice Recession mixed.

Our particular sequence “Out of Work in America” tells the tales of unemployed People in their very own phrases. For this challenge, The Instances’s Nationwide desk collaborated with 11 native information organizations within the U.S. Right here’s what Jia Lynn Yang, a deputy editor on the Nationwide desk, and Clinton Cargill, an assistant editor, said about these accounts from a dozen folks.

The Nationwide Desk has greater than 40 reporters scattered throughout the nation, however over the previous 12 months Marc Lacey, the Nationwide editor, has prioritized partnerships with native information organizations, as with this challenge.

Clinton: Native information organizations have a particular authority within the communities they cowl. They know the large employers, the neighborhood teams, the state and native insurance policies that make all of the distinction for folks in search of unemployment. We thought they might carry a few of that depth on the particular person scale.

With greater than 12 million folks unemployed within the nation, why did native reporters return to the identical dozen — usually over a number of months — at completely different levels?

Jia Lynn: The thought was to seize not only one snapshot however to do extra sustained work monitoring an individual’s highs and lows. For anybody who’s ever misplaced a job, it may be such a grueling emotional expertise, with very dangerous days adopted by a day the place every little thing turns up for you. We wished to indicate that bigger arc, and possibly stick round with some lengthy sufficient that they really discovered a job.

What do you hope readers acquire from this challenge?

Jia Lynn: At a time once we are so reduce off from each other, I hope readers really feel a way of empathy and connection. For individuals who have been blessed sufficient to maintain their jobs, I hope they get a greater sense of what it looks like for individuals who have been much less lucky. For individuals who have misplaced work, you’re hardly alone.

That’s it for this briefing. Wishing you a simple begin to the week.

— Natasha

To Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the break from the information. You may attain the staff at briefing@nytimes.com.

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