(Update 1: Adds latest figures from Spain)
Madrid Desk, Sep 21 (EFE).- A growing number of restrictions were imposed in Europe on Monday as the continent struggles with growing Covid-19 infection rates and deaths.
Parts of the Spanish capital Madrid were put back into a partial lockdown and experts warned the United Kingdom could see 50,000 daily cases by next month if action is not taken.
Around 850,000 Madrid residents started another partial lockdown in the south of the Spanish capital.
Fresh measures, including capping social meetings to six across the region, were imposed across the city and certain areas were put into semi-quarantine.
Those living in the affected neighborhoods, some of the poorest and most densely populated in the city, can only leave their area for essential activities, such as going to work or caring for a dependent.
The Madrid region, which is home to around 6.6 million people, has been the epicenter of infections in Spain but the new measures sparked protests over the weekend amid claims they discriminated against lower-income neighborhoods.
Spanish health authorities on Monday said 31,428 new coronavirus infections had been added to the national caseload since Friday, some 2,975 in the previous 24 hour period.
Madrid reported 794 cases in the last 24 hour period.