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Spain’s Catalonia locks down 200,000 people after new outbreaks

Madrid: Spain’s north-eastern region of Catalonia enforced a new lockdown on more than 200,000 people on Saturday, after several new outbreaks of the coronavirus were detected.

Residents in Segria, which includes the city of Lleida, will not be able to leave the area from 12pm (local time) on Saturday, but will not be confined to their homes as was the case in Spain’s original strict lockdown in March.

“We have decided to confine Segria due to data that confirm too significant a growth in the number of COVID-19 infections,” Catalan regional president Quim Torra said.

Regional health ministry data showed there were 3706 cases in the Lleida region on Friday, up from 3551 the previous day.

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