Spain has released approximately 200,000 people on remand, but not confined to their homes, following an outbreak of coronavirus in the country, reports said.
The peak case has been reported in Segria County, Catalonia. Residents were given until 4 p.m. local time to enter the area, but authorities would not allow anyone to leave after Saturday afternoon.
Segria is home to around 209,000 people in 38 municipalities, the Independent reported. County lockout is currently undefined.
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“It is essential to act in this way,” said Alba Verges, Catalan Minister of Health.
Data from the regional health ministry showed an increase of more than 200 cases on Friday, the cases being linked to agricultural workers in the rural area, Sky News reported.
“We are taking a step back to protect ourselves and we will make all the decisions to stop the contagion,” said Verges.
“We decided to confine Segria due to data confirming that the number of COVID-19 infections has grown too much,” Catalan regional president Quim Torra said at a press conference.
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Residents will be allowed to go to and from work, but will need a certificate from their employer starting Tuesday. Gatherings will be allowed but limited to 10 people or less, in private and public spaces.
Travel across the county via highways will be allowed as long as drivers do not come or stop in the county.
Spain, at one point Europe’s hotspot for the coronavirus pandemic, has largely succeeded in controlling the situation in her country. Lockdown restrictions began to ease in late May, and the government has since kept an eye on the data to guide its plans.
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If possible, the authorities want to avoid such specific locking measures as those experienced during the peak of the infection.
Spain has confirmed about 251,000 total cases of coronavirus and has killed more than 28,000.