Coronavirus — Catalonia Confines 200,000

  • The affected area is located in the south of the province, on the territorial border with the provinces of Huesca and Zaragoza.
  • All persons who do not have their habitual residence in any of the said towns will be allowed to leave, and all entry and exit to the region will be prohibited.
  • The government of the Navarra region asked for "containment" of the passenger transport companies to stop the arrival of people to the capital, Pamplona.

Spain’s north-eastern region of Catalonia has enforced a new lockdown measure today on more than 200,000 residents of Lérida, due to the multitude of outbreaks of the new coronavirus registered in the region. “We have decided to confine Segria due to data that confirms too significant a growth in the number of COVID-19 infections,” Catalan regional president Quim Torra told a news briefing.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was first confirmed to have spread to Spain on 31 January 2020, when a German tourist tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in La Gomera, Canary Islands. As of 3 July 2020, there have been 250,545 confirmed cases and 28,385 deaths.

The affected area is located in the south of the province, on the territorial border with the provinces of Huesca and Zaragoza, and constitutes 38 municipalities, including the city of Lleida. The region’s population is just over 200,000 inhabitants and it has 1,400 square kilometers of surface.

Miquel Buch, Minister of the Interior of the region’s government, reported that until 16:00 today, all persons who do not have their habitual residence in any of the said towns will be allowed to leave, and all entry and exit to the region will be prohibited, except for work reasons. The restrictions will also affect transport and trade.

Buch stressed that “from Monday the self-responsibility certificate will be necessary and, from Tuesday, the company certificate for people who have to enter or leave Segrià to work” will be mandatory. The region’s local Ministry of Health reported this Friday that there are 4,030 cases of coronavirus in the province of Lleida, 60 more than in the balance on Thursday.

For his part, the Minister of Health, Alba Vergés, asked for the minimization of encounters. He said that it is essential to reduce social activity and meetings of more than ten people and added that it is necessary to reduce the meetings themselves and the number of people who attend them both in Segrià and throughout Catalonia. 

The Province of Lleida is one of the four provinces of Catalonia. It lies in north-eastern Spain, in the western part of the autonomous community of Catalonia, and is bordered by the Provinces of Girona, Barcelona, Tarragona, Zaragoza and Huesca and the countries of France and Andorra.

To avoid further contagions, the Spanish government reinforced since last Wednesday the staff to carry out health checks on all passengers arriving in the country by air or sea. This includes testing temperature, document control, and visual control on the status of the passenger.

The government of the Navarra region asked for “containment” of the passenger transport companies to stop the arrival of people to the capital, Pamplona, from July 6 to 14. These are dates of celebration of the popular festival of Sanfermines. Each year, they gather hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world. This year, they will not take place.

Catalonia is a semi-autonomous region situated in the north-eastern part of Spain. It has a distinct history that dates back to almost 1,000 years. The region, famed for its wealth, has roughly 7.5 million inhabitants with their own language, parliament, flag and anthem, making it more of a country of its own.

The region also boasts of its own police force and independently controls some of its public services.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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