Catalonia set for new Covid-19 restrictions 'in the coming days'

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The Local - [email protected] • 12 Oct, 2020 Updated Mon 12 Oct 2020 12:45 CEST
Catalonia set for new Covid-19 restrictions 'in the coming days'

As Covid-19 cases steadily rise in Catalonia, the Catalan government is poised to announce new restrictions in the coming days.


On Sunday the Public Health Secretary of the Generalitat, Josep Maria Argimon, asked that businesses return to working from home and that universities return to virtual classes for the next 15 days. He expressed the need for companies to put remote working practices in place quickly.

In an interview with Rac1 radio station Argimon expressed concern that cases were rising more than they had anticipated and that “more measures” will have to be taken in the next few days. “Clearly we need to reduce mobility and social interaction,” he said.  

So far, 60 cases have been reported at Barcelona University, La Vanguardia reported, most of whom were asymptomatic. A further 200 students have been asked to quarantine in their rooms for the next 10 days, while another 150 were isolating in their homes.

New epidemiological data showed that without restrictions, in two weeks the Covid-19 situation could be as bad as Madrid’s, where a state of alarm and a partial lockdown has been imposed.


Public Health Secretary Josep Maria Argimon. Photo: Pau BARRENA / AFP

Catalonia reported approximately 2,300 Covid-19 cases for the third day in a row on Sunday October 11th, pushing up the weekly surge in infections to 11,564, a 26 percent increase from the previous record set last week.

The nearby region of Navarra also recently announced new restrictions because of the rise in cases. Meetings are to be limited to six people, bars and restaurants must close at 10pm and their capacity will be limited to 30 percent. Capacity at cinemas, theatres and libraries will also be reduced to 30 percent, while supermarkets will be limited to 40 percent.


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