Spain’s Catalonia orders reconfinement of Lerida residents as virus cases spike Jul 13, 2020 0 670 12345 AFPMadridThe government of Spain’s Catalonia region on Sunday ordered residents in and around the northeastern town of Lerida to go back into home confinement as cases of coronavirus spiked. “The people must stay at home,” regional health official Alba Verges told a news conference.The area, with a population of more than 200,000, was already ordered isolated from the rest of the region last weekend. It marks the first time that Spaniards have been confined to their homes since the hard-hit country exited confinement on June 21.The move reimposes the strict conditions of its first confinement, which began in mid-March, allowing people in the affected area to leave their homes only to go to work, get medical treatment or purchase food and other necessities.Gatherings of more than 10 people were also banned in and around Lerida. Europe, still the most affected continent with 202,399 deaths from 2,828,270 cases, has seen a drastic drop in its daily number of new infections. RELATED ARTICLES Polarised Poles vote in tight presidential election Jul 13, 2020 0 687 US presses again for school reopening despite virus risks Jul 13, 2020 0 2058 Trump finally dons mask as global infections gather pace Jul 13, 2020 0 989 Berlin grants clubs €81,000 lifeline BERLIN: Berlin’s clubs and concert halls, closed for four months due to the coronavirus, have received an average of 81,000 euros each in aid from the city, according to figures published on Sunday by the daily .. UK Labour joins Facebook ad boycott over hateful content AFP London Britain’s main opposition Labour party said on Sunday it has joined a Facebook advertising boycott over allegations that the social network has failed to sufficiently curb hateful content. Hundreds of .. Britain, France agree joint unit to fight migrant traffickers AFP Calais The interior ministers of France and Britain on Sunday signed an agreement creating a new joint police intelligence unit to combat migrant traffickers and reduce the “unsustainable” numbers crossing the .. COVID-19 cases on sharp rise since start of July: AFP tally AFP Paris The coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 565,000 people out of nearly 13 million registered cases worldwide, has been accelerating sharply since the start of July, according to a count carried out .. Bulgaria re-opens night clubs as virus infection cases surge SOFIA: Night clubs and discos in Bulgaria will be allowed to re-open, the health ministry announced on Sunday, just three days after ordering all inside bars shut and despite a continuing rise in coronavirus cases in the .. Top US health official wants ‘everything on the table’ to contain virus WASHINGTON: A top US health official said on Sunday that with deaths from COVID-19 expected to continue rising in coming weeks, “everything should be on the table,” including renewed lockdowns in hard-hit states. ..