The large increase in coronavirus infections in the Autonomous Community of Catalonia in Spain has led to new restrictive measures. As many as 1,000 new infections a day have been reported in the area.
Health authorities are trying to stop the growth of infections, resulting in four million people across Barcelona being asked to stay home for 15 days, the BBC reports. The Catalan government imposed new restrictions on Friday and, according to Catalan News, the government warned its citizens that this was the last chance to avoid a “total closure”.
With the new wave of infections, appointments and visits to care facilities for more than 10 people are banned in the Barcelona, La Noguera and El Segrià areas. Citizens are urged to leave their homes only for a necessary reason. In addition, nightclubs, gyms, cinemas and theaters have been closed and restaurants have been restricted.
Spain ended its national isolation about four weeks ago. The resurgence of infections is a major setback for the country's hopes of getting the economy back on track.
In Spain, 260,000 coronavirus strains and 28,400 deaths from the disease have been reported.