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Catalonia extends the curfew for one more week and extends the measure to 165 municipalities

The curfew in Catalonia, initially scheduled until next Friday, will be extended for at least one more week. The Government has announced this Tuesday that it will ask the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) tomorrow to extend this measure by one week to fight against the high incidence of Covid-19 cases in the community. It will also request to extend the aforementioned curfew to 165 municipalities (currently there are 161 affected localities).

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“The curfew is a measure that we neither want nor can normalize,” explained the Government spokesperson, Patricia Plaja, at the press conference after the Executive Council. “But the Government is fully aware of the need to continue taking measures to curb infections and ensure economic and health recovery.” The Minister of Health, Josep Maria Argimon, already advanced on Monday that the Government’s plans contemplated that this restriction could be extended “more than three weeks”.

Plaja has announced that this restrictive measure will also be extended to up to 165 municipalities. The Government decree establishes that a curfew must be established between 1 am and 6 am in municipalities with more than 5,000 inhabitants with a cumulative incidence equal to or greater than 400 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 7 days. According to this scale, municipalities such as Lleida (140,000 inhabitants), Roses (Girona) and Salt (Girona) are added to the list of affected cities.

“The situation continues to be worrying and the contagion moves to more advanced ages,” said the Government spokeswoman. “Health professionals share with us their concern despite the stabilization.” Plaja recalled that the positivity index exceeds 20% in Catalonia – currently it is 21.08% – and that the contagion rate is also higher than 1.

The Department of Health has notified this Tuesday 140 more admitted to the plant by Covid-19 in the last 24 hours and the total is already 1,823 hospitalized patients. The ICU admissions data had not yet been updated on Tuesday at noon and Plaja explained that they would be available in a few hours. During the last day, 7,907 new positives and 15 deaths have been reported. The accumulated incidence at 14 days goes from 1,187.61 to 1,208.68, while at seven days it goes from 611.20 to 605.90.

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