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Catalonia prohibits meetings of more than 10 people and orders the closure of bars at 00:30 hours

Catalonia prohibits meetings of more than 10 people and orders the closure of bars, restaurants, concerts and all activities at 00:30. to try to stop the runaway increase in coronavirus infections. They are the two main measures of the new restrictions that the Government has announced on Monday afternoon. The Catalan Executive has also asked city councils to “restrict access” from midnight to beaches, squares or parks where large numbers of people can gather, as explained by the Government spokesperson, Patrícia Plaja.

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The will of the Generalitat to undertake new restrictions was announced this Sunday by the president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, who, however, did not yet give details about the measures. Until now, the last – and practically only – restriction that had been adopted after the explosive increase in cases was the closure of nightlife, which could barely be open for a fortnight.

According to the official data of the Generalitat, the positives of COVID-19 have registered an unprecedented growth in Europe, as the professor of pharmaco-epidemiology at the University of Oxford, Daniel Prieto-Alhambra, warned this Monday. If from June 18 to 24, 4,600 cases were declared, three weeks later, from June 2 to 8, there were 42,000.

To date, 50% of the Catalan population is already vaccinated with the full schedule, although the percentage of young people between 20 and 29 years old with the first dose is still below 20%. Regarding hospitalizations, this Monday there are 980 people hospitalized with COVID-19, 104 more than this Sunday, of which 182 are serious in the ICU.

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