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Spain’s northeastern Catalonia area on Saturday locked down an space with round 200,000 residents close to the city of Lerida following a surge in circumstances of the brand new coronavirus.
The transfer got here because the summer season holidays began in Spain and the nation started re-admitting overseas guests from 12 international locations outdoors the European union.
It had already opened its frontiers to folks from the EU’s visa-free Schengen zone and Britain on June 21.
“We have decided to confine the del Segria zone following data confirming a sharp rise in Covid-19 infections,” Catalonia’s regional president Quim Torra advised reporters, including that nobody could be allowed to enter or go away the realm.
Regional well being minister Alba Verges stated gatherings of greater than 10 folks and visits to retirement houses could be banned.
Spain has been one of many international locations worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic with 28,385 deaths, Europe’s fourth-highest toll after the United Kingdom, Italy and France.
On Friday, it registered 17 virus deaths inside 24 hours, its highest every day Covid-19 toll since June 19.
The variety of circumstances now stands at 250,545 in a rustic of 47 million, rating third inside Europe after Russia and the UK.