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Spain: Faced with the rise in Covid-19 cases, Catalonia reimposes restrictions


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While “the number of cases is growing at an exponential rate”, especially among young people, Catalonia decided on Tuesday to reintroduce restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19. Nightly entertainment venues in closed spaces will have to close from the weekend, and a negative test or vaccination certificate will be required to participate in outdoor events involving more than 500 people.

Catalonia decided, Tuesday, July 6, to reimpose restrictions to curb the “exponential” increase in Covid-19 cases recorded in recent days, mainly among young people, in this region of northeastern Spain.

Nightclubs and other nightlife entertainment venues in closed spaces will have to close from this weekend and you will have to present a negative antigen or PCR test, or be vaccinated, to participate in outdoor events bringing together more than 500 people, Catalan Autonomous Government spokesperson Patricia Plaja announced at a press conference.

“The epidemiological situation in Catalonia is extremely complicated”, she said, because “the number of cases is growing at an exponential rate, much higher than what we can tolerate”.

“The pandemic is not over, the new variants are very contagious and we still have large sections of the population that are not vaccinated. We cannot claim to have conquered the virus,” warned Patricia Plaja.

She even spoke out for the return of the obligation to wear a mask, stressing, however, that this decision did not fall within the competence of the Catalan autonomous government. Wearing a mask is no longer compulsory outdoors in Spain since June 26.

Explosion of contaminations among young people

“In view of the figures we have today, we believe that the mask should be compulsory again in Catalonia, but only the Spanish government can decree it,” she said.

The health situation has deteriorated sharply in recent days in Spain, with an explosion in the number of Covid-19 contaminations among young people.

On Monday, the chief epidemiologist of the Ministry of Health, Fernando Simon, admitted that the figures were “not good at all”, with an incidence rate close to 600 among the youngest and above 200 for the general population.

In view of the deteriorating health situation, several regions have indicated that they plan to tighten the screws and reintroduce health restrictions.

In addition to Catalonia, Navarre (north) thus announced limited measures from Wednesday and Andalusia (south) could imitate them.

At the same time, the vaccination campaign is accelerating: 40.3% of the approximately 47 million Spaniards are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, while half of the population (55.9%) has received at least a dose of a vaccine.

Last week, a giant outbreak in the Balearics uncovered at least 1,824 infected people after several hundred young people returned to the peninsula to party in Mallorca. Nearly 6,000 people had been quarantined across Spain.

With nearly 81,000 deaths and more than 3.8 million cases, Spain is one of the countries most affected in Europe by the pandemic.

With AFP



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