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Spain’s Catalonia orders reconfinement of Lerida residents as virus cases spike

AFP
Madrid
The 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.