Spain has reportedly blocked around 200,000 people, but not limited to their homes, after an increase in coronavirus cases in the country.
The increase in cases has been reported in the county of Segria in Catalonia. Residents had until 4:00 p.m. local time to enter the area, but the authorities did not allow anyone to leave after Saturday noon.
Around 209,000 people live in 38 municipalities in Segria, the Independent reported. The district is currently closed for an unlimited period.
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“It is important to act in this way,” said Alba Verges, Catalan Minister of Health.
Regional Health Department data showed an increase of more than 200 cases on Friday, with the cases related to rural workers in rural areas, Sky News reported.
“We are taking a step back to protect ourselves and we will make all decisions to stop the infection,”
“We have decided to restrict Segria based on data confirming that the number of COVID-19 infections is growing too significantly,” said Catalan Regional President Quim Torra during a press conference.
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Residents can move to and from work, but will need a certificate from their employer from Tuesday. Meetings are allowed, but limited to 10 people or less, in both private and public spaces.
Traveling through the county on highways is allowed as long as the drivers do not come out of the county or stop there.
Spain, once Europe’s focal point for the coronavirus pandemic, has largely managed to control the situation in its country. The restriction restrictions began to loosen in late May, and the government has since been monitoring the data to guide its plans.
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If possible, officials want to avoid the specific blocking measures that were taken during the peak of the infection.
Spain has confirmed a total of around 251,000 cases of the coronavirus and suffered more than 28,000 deaths.