Spain: Barcelona imposes new restrictions due to increase COVID-19 cases

On Saturday morning new restrictive measures came into force in Barcelona in an attempt to contain the growing number of coronavirus infections. The new restrictions include an appointment being required to visit non-essential stores, reduced capacity inside bars and restaurants by half, and the closure of cultural facilities such as cinemas or theaters. Josep, a resident of the Catalan capital, said that «it was foreseeable that there will be outbreaks, although I think people expected it later, more in autumn. We all knew that this virus would not disappear overnight, and that it could happen again, maybe we have been a little [over] confident.” The Department of Health of Catalonia reported on Friday that the number of people infected with coronavirus in that region increased to 81,932, after registering 1,226 new infections in the last 24 hours. Catalonia has had 12,636 deaths since the start of the pandemic, three of them in the last 24 hours.

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