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Spain’s Catalonia region has locked down a county of more than 400,000 people following a surge in coronavirus cases – just as Brits prepare to go there on holiday.
The western Catalan city of Lleida and the rest of Segrià county will be under lockdown from midday today.
‘We have decided to confine the del Segria zone following data confirming a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections,’ Catalonia’s regional president Quim Torra told reporters, adding that no one would be allowed to enter or leave the area.
Around 431,183 people live in Lleida, which is 173.9km inland from Barcelona, according to 2019 figures. There were 209,768 people living in the county in 2014, but the number is now believed to be much higher.
It comes after England lifted restrictions to let Brits travel to the country on ‘air bridges’ – meaning holidaymakers won’t have to go into quarantine as long as they return to England on or after July 10.
‘We are taking a step back to protect ourselves and control the outbreak,’ said Torra, who described the measure as a ‘difficult decision.’