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Spain’s northeastern Catalonia area on Saturday locked down an space with round 200,00zero residents close to the city of Lerida following a surge in instances 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’ve determined to restrict the del Segria zone following information confirming a pointy rise in Covid-19 infections,” Catalonia’s regional president Quim Torra informed reporters, including that nobody can be allowed to enter or depart the realm.
Regional well being minister Alba Verges mentioned gatherings of greater than 10 folks and visits to retirement houses can 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 UK, 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 instances now stands at 250,545 in a rustic of 47 million, rating third inside Europe after Russia and the UK.