Spain: Catalan authorities impose new lockdown on Lleida and 7 municipalities amid COVID outbreak

The Catalan government ordered a new lockdown on the city of Lleida and seven other municipalities in the Segria region, on Sunday, as new coronavirus cases have been surging in the area. Bars and restaurants have been shut down except for deliveries, gyms have been closed, meetings must have fewer than 10 people, and sports in groups are only allowed for people who live together. The municipalities affected by the measure, Lleida, Alcarras, Soses, Seros, Aitona, La Granja d'Escarp, Massalcoreig and Torres de Segre, have been cordoned off by police, preventing people from entering or leaving the area starting at midnight on Sunday. Residents have been ordered to stay home except for work and other essential activities. Footage shows a police checkpoint outside Lleida as well as the Arnau de Vilanova Hospital in Lleida, where an emergencies tent has been set up. Spain has registered 253,908 confirmed cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, as at least 28,403 people have died with the disease.

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