İrem UZUN -TDO- The northwestern Spanish region of Galicia imposed restrictions on about 70,000 people on Sunday following a COVID-19 outbreak, a day after Catalonia also introduced a local lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
In a Marina district in the Galicia region, gatherings of more than 10 people will not be allowed and the capacity of indoor public places will be revised down. "Currently we have 106 positive cases, which represents an increase of 21 cases since yesterday," regional health official Jesus Vazquez said at a press conference. The measures will in place for five days after which authorities will reassess the situation.
A day before, Catalonia introduced a local lockdown for 200,000 people west of the regional capital Barcelona to curb the spread of the coronavirus. People living in A Marina along Spain's northern coast in the region of Lugo will not be able to leave the area from midnight on Sunday until Friday. The regional government said people will be allowed to move around but only those who need to travel for work will be allowed to leave or enter the area. Regional Health Minister Jesus Vazquez Almuina told a news conference that the biggest outbreaks were linked to several bars in the area. Capacity in bars and restaurants will be reduced to 50% and people will have to wear a face mask, even if outdoors on beaches or at swimming pools, the authorities said.
Spain has tallied more than 28,000 deaths and 250,000 cases from the pandemic, one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe. But nationwide confinement for 3.5 months slowed the pace of the virus, and the Spanish government lifted it on June 21, handing control back to Spain's 17 regional governments. The country has been reopening its borders to other EU states, as well as the UK, in anticipation of summer holiday traffic.