October 19, 2021

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Barcelona, ​​Night curfew reigns in the face of COVID outbreak

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Catalonia will reapply and for at least seven days a night curfew that will affect Barcelona and several very touristy towns in this area of ​​Spain.

In a car, the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia authorized what was requested by the Catalan regional government: to apply the curfew between 01:00 in the morning and 06:00 in the morning, until next July 23, and in 161 municipalities.

Among them is Barcelona and also very touristy coastal towns such as Salou, Sitges and Lloret de Mar. With the incidence soaring, the court observed in its brief that the relevance of the measure was a loud cry, and pointed out that it could have to be prolonged.

The affected municipalities meet the criteria of the Catalan health authorities to request the measure: a population of more than 5,000 inhabitants, with an incidence of more than 400 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days.

Since the second state of alarm in Spain waned on May 9, the regions, competent in health matters, are obliged to obtain the approval of the courts to apply the curfew.

“The night confinement has been endorsed. It is a difficult but necessary measure to stop contagions, protect lives and the health system. It will come into force tonight,” the Catalan regional president, Pere Aragonès, tweeted.

For several days, the accumulated incidence has not stopped rising in Catalonia. On Thursday, according to the Ministry of Health, there were 1,107 cases of coronavirus in the region per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days, a rate that far exceeds the extreme risk thresholds.

The situation is even worse among young people between 20 and 29 years old, who at the moment have not had as much access to the vaccine as older age groups and have taken advantage of this early summer to enjoy themselves in bars and beaches, with the consequent relaxation of precautions. In this group, the incidence in Catalonia is 3,375 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.

Since Monday, measures have been multiplied in different parts of Spain to stop the escalation of cases. In Catalonia, the authorities have already decreed the closure of nightlife in indoor spaces, and advance the closing time of all leisure activities to 00:30.

In the neighboring region of Valencia, the courts on Monday authorized a night curfew in 32 towns, and the limitation of meetings to ten people.

In the north of Spain, Navarra will present a similar request, and Cantabria awaits the authorization of the justice to also apply the night curfew in cities like Santander.

Although Catalonia is the region most affected by the explosion in the number of infections, the upward trend is generalized in Spain, with an average, on Thursday, of 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days.


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