Spain’s government looks set to trigger a national state of alarm as a growing number of regions request the powers to apply night-time curfews as Covid-19 figures continued to jump daily amid a second wave of the virus.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, who spent the morning meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican, is expected to call an emergency cabinet meeting on Sunday, a government source told Efe, adding, however, that the plan had not been officially announced.EFE-EPA