Monday, January 17

Justice authorizes the curfew and the limitation of meetings in Catalonia

Catalonia will have a Christmas with a night curfew and meetings of more than 10 prohibited people. The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) has authorized the two restrictive measures requested by the Government to face the sixth wave of the pandemic. The Prosecutor’s Office had opposed both limitations, considering them poorly justified by the Government and not seeing them as “suitable” or “necessary.”

The omicron variant has caused the epidemic to advance unchecked in Catalonia. The lack of control has worsened in the last week, when the number of new infections has doubled. As of December 21, the cumulative incidence at 14 days in Catalonia is 672 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (the previous week it was less than 300).

Hospital pressure continues to increase: this Wednesday there are 1,344 hospitalized with COVID-19, 18 more than this Tuesday, and the ICU have added 13 new admitted, up to 356. According to the figures of the Government of this Wednesday, 38 new deaths have been registered . Projections indicate that Catalonia will end 2021 with around 400 people in the UCI, which could exceed half a thousand per Kings.

A year ago there were 1,633 people with COVID-19 admitted to Catalan hospitals, of which 332 remained in ICUs, a figure that increased to 731 on February 2, the peak in that wave. These figures led to a Christmas of restrictions: bars and restaurants could only serve four hours in the morning and at lunchtime, and there was a curfew from 1:00 a.m. both on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

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