MADRID — Spain’s government announced Saturday that it is placing tight restrictions on movements and closing restaurants and other establishments in the nation of 46 million people as part of a two-week state of emergency to fight the sharp rise in coronavirus infections.Spain is following Italy’s path in implementing a similar lockdown after both European countries failed to contain the virus in regional hotspots.“From now we enter into a new phase,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez told the nation in a nationally televised address after his Cabinet met for over seven hours.“We won’t hesitate in doing what we must to beat the virus. We are putting health first.”Shortly after he spoke, the government revealed that the virus had reached Sánchez’s own home, saying his wife, Begoña Gómez, had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The government said both Gómez and the prime minister are in good health.Two ministers of Sánchez’s Cabinet, the minister of equality and the minister of regional affairs, had already tested positive earlier this week. The other members of the government passed a screening.Following his address, people broke into a long round of applause from balconies in Madrid and Barcelona, with some firing off fireworks, in response

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