The regional government of Catalonia will implement new strict measures, such as shutting down bars and restaurants for two weeks, to contain the increase of infections in the prosperous Spanish region.
With the new restrictions, bars, restaurants and cafeterias will only be allowed to offer take away food as of Friday (16 October). Also, the maximum capacity in malls and shopping centres in Catalonia will be reduced to 30%, and the capacity in fitness clubs to 50%, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Lessons in universities will only be conducted online, while face-to-face teaching will be suspended at least for two weeks.
In Catalonia, local health authorities have reported 1,620 new infections in the latest 24 hours on Tuesday (14 October). The region also registered 23 new deaths, with a total of 1,024 COVID-19 patients admitted in hospitals.
In the last seven days, a total of 111 COVID-19 patients in Catalonia have been admitted to intensive care units, which is the highest figure since the beginning of the second wave in July.