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Spain imposes second local coronavirus lockdown in two days

Madrid: The north-western Spanish region of Galicia imposed restrictions on about 70,000 people on Sunday following a COVID-19 outbreak, a day after Catalonia also introduced a local lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

People living in A Marina along Spain’s northern coast in the region of Lugo will not be able to leave the area from midnight on Sunday until Friday, two days before regional elections in Galicia on July 12.

People enjoy the warm weather on the beach in Barcelona. Spanish government has announced that the north-western region of Galicia will move next week to what the government calls "the new normal".

People enjoy the warm weather on the beach in Barcelona. Spanish government has announced that the north-western region of Galicia will move next week to what the government calls “the new normal”.Credit:AP

The regional government said people will be allowed to move around A Marina but only those who need to travel for work will be allowed to leave or enter the area.

Regional Health minister Jesus Vazquez Almuina told a news conference on Sunday that the biggest outbreaks were linked to several bars in the area. Regional health authorities said there were now 258 cases in Galicia, of which 117 were in Lugo.

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