About 70,000 Galician city residents will not be able to leave the area for a week. On Saturday, a similar blockade was imposed on 200,000 people in Catalonia.
The Spanish region of Galicia, in the northwest of the country, imposed movement restrictions on about 70,000 people on Sunday (07/05) after an outbreak of covid-19. The measure was announced a day after Catalonia also introduced a local blockade that will affect 200,000 people.
Residents of La Mariña, in the province of Lugo, will not be able to leave the area from midnight from Sunday to Friday, two days before the regional elections in Galicia on 12 July.
Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez urged people not to let their guard down, but he also said the situation was calm, because “the early detection of these outbreaks shows that the health system is much better prepared” than in March.
The regional government said people will be able to move around La Mariña, but only those who need to travel to work will be able to leave or enter the area.
Regional Health Minister Jesús Vázquez Almuíña told a news conference on Sunday that the biggest outbreaks were linked to several bars in the region. Regional health officials said there are now 258 cases in Galicia, 117 of which in Lugo.
Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa said on Sunday that the ministry was closely monitoring situations in Galicia and Catalonia.
Spain has recorded 250,545 cases of coronavirus and 28,385 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
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