Spain imposes a local lockdown in two regions after Coronavirus rises again
Spain has reinstated quarantine restrictions in a second region after an increase in new coronavirus cases.
The region of Galicia, in northwest Spain, will have lockdown measures reintroduced from midnight on 5th July 2020.
This is after a decision on Saturday 4th July to lockdown 200,000 people in El Segriá, located in the north-eastern region of Catalonia.
Around 70,000 people will be banned from leaving the area.
Gatherings of more than 10 people will not be allowed and the capacity of indoor public places will be reduced.
“Currently we have 106 positive cases, which represents an increase of 21 cases since yesterday.”Jesus Vazquez, regional health official, said at a press conference.
The measures are to be put in place for five days. Thereafter, the authorities will reassess the situation.
People in the El Segriá region, who were not residents of the county were allowed to leave before 16:00 CET. Thereafter, the exits and entries were restricted to essential workers, according to Catalonia’s civil protection authorities.
“Other measures to restrict activities and mobility may be established within the Segrià region,” Spanish authorities said.
There are nearly 4,000 cases in the city of Lleida, which has a population of under 150,000. Health officials in Catalonia said the data showed “a higher incidence” in the county compared to the rest of Spain, with new hospitalisations over the past week.
Residents have been asked to stay where they live and to only travel for essential purposes.
The region of Catalonia has had the highest number of new cases in Spain over the past two weeks with nearly 1,400 confirmed cases. Lleida is located just 160 kilometres west of Barcelona.
A number of European countries have recently reopened after strict lockdowns to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Spain had issued a strict lockdown for three months from March and has suffered from one of the largest outbreaks in Europe, with more than 250,000 cases and 28,000 deaths.
As European countries reopen, authorities are still working to combat the virus by tracking, testing and tracing contacts of positive cases.
Authorities plan to issue local lockdowns in the event that coronavirus cases increase in a certain geographic area.
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