Spain Announces Second Local Lockdown In 24 Hours After Spike In Coronavirus Cases

Léonie Chao-Fong
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Spain has put a second region back into lockdown following a new local outbreak of coronavirus.

From midnight on Sunday, people will be banned from travelling into and out of La Marina, north of Lugo in Galicia, unless for work reasons.

Groups of more than 10 people will be prohibited from meeting unless they are from the same household. Bars and restaurants will have to cut capacity by 50%.

People will also be required to wear face masks when outdoors, including on beaches and swimming pools.

The announcement comes after a fresh outbreak in the region which saw 106 people testing positive for coronavirus.

Regional health minister Jesus Vazquez Almuina told reporters the biggest outbreaks were linked to several bars in the area.

La Marina is the second Spanish region to go back into lockdown in just 24 hours.

On Saturday, the government of Catalonia reimposed a local lockdown in Segrià, an area west of Barcelona which includes Lleida city.

As of Friday, Catalonia recorded 72,860 cases of coronavirus and 12,586 deaths - out of a population of 7.5 million people.

Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported the number of people who tested positive for coronavirus to enter the University Hospital in Lleida had tripled in 10 days by Saturday.

The country has registered 205,545 coronavirus cases and 28,385 deaths, according to health ministry data.


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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.