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On 14 March, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced a state of alarm (Estado de alarma) and a nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. This closed schools and led to some of Europe’s most severe social-distancing rules, punishable by fines and enforced by a constant on-street presence of police and the army, often using drones. Similar restrictions had already been seen in China and Italy, and in the following weeks other European countries including the United Kingdom, as well as the United States and my native Australia all followed suit.