The curfew returns to Catalonia from this very night. The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) has authorized the confinement between 1:00 and 6:00 hours requested by the Government to try to stop the increase in infections. The measure will affect six million Catalans, 80% of the population, and will be in force for a week, although the intention of the Catalan Executive is to ask the judges for an extension of at least another seven days.
The curfew will be established in 161 municipalities, which include both the metropolitan area of Barcelona and the main coastal towns. The objective of the Government with the measure is to reduce the incessant increase in infections, which have placed Catalonia among the five European regions with the most transmission of the virus. This Friday a new record of daily infections has been registered: 9,416 diagnosed in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
All the epidemic indicators have worsened again in Catalonia, which already has 1,349 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, double than a week ago and 94 more than this Thursday. 259 people remain in the ICU, 22 more than this Thursday and 102 more than seven days ago. One in four seriously ill patients is under 40 years of age. The accumulated incidence per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days continues to increase and this Friday is 1,088 cases, 73 more than on Thursday.
The judicial decision has the approval of the Prosecutor’s Office. The Public Ministry has not opposed the judicial ratification of the restrictions on night mobility since, in its opinion, the measure has been “duly motivated” and is “suitable and necessary” to stop the evolution of infections, to the view of the reports of the Public Health Agency provided by the Catalan government.