A woman waves a Spanish flag after applauding in support of health workers, during lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Ronda, southern Spain, April 18, 2020. Image Credit: Reuters

The Spanish parliament approved on Thursday the extension for six months of a state of emergency declared to fight a surge in coronavirus infections.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's leftist government on Sunday declared an initial 15-day state of emergency and the extension approved by lawmakers means it will now run until May 9.

The measure allows the regional governments, who are in charge of health, to restrict people's movements, including by imposing nighttime curfews and closing their borders.