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Spain shuts nightclubs to prevent coronavirus contagion

MADRID, Aug 14 (Reuters) - All Spanish regions agreed to order the closure of nightclubs and to ban smoking in outdoor areas when keeping a safe distance is impossible, among other measures aimed at curbing a rise in coronavirus infections, Health minister Salvador Illa said on Friday.

Illa also advised against meetings of more than 10 people, and warned young people specifically not to gather outside to drink alcohol.

Infections have spiked in recent days, bringing the total as of Thursday to 337,334 since the pandemic began. (Reporting by Inti Landauro Editing by Isla Binnie)

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