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Catalonia will stop activity for 10 days with shops closing on weekends


Catalonia is the first Autonomous Community to announce new restrictions to contain the pandemic, in the final stretch of Christmas and in the face of the galloping data on the spread of the virus in the region. Specifically, the Government of the Generalitat plans to contain what is already considered a third wave with a stop of activity for 10 days which includes a daily municipal lockdown, shopping centers of more than 400 square meters closed and non-essential business closings on weekends. The measures will take effect after Reyes, on January 7, until the 18 of this month.

Restoration and culture will remain unchanged, with schedules adjusted to two bands in the case of bars and restaurants. He sport is also restricted only to that which can be performed outdoorsWhile schools will resume classes on January 11, as planned, although extracurricular activities will remain closed except for those carried out together with the bubble group.

This was announced by the Minister of Health of the Generalitat, Alba Vergés, at a press conference together with the Minister of the Interior, Miquel Sàmper, the Secretary of Public Health, Josep Maria Argimon, the Deputy Director General for Coordination and Emergency Management, Inma Solé , and the commissioner of the Mossos d'Esquadra Miquel Esquius.

The indicators that mark the evolution of the epidemic in Catalonia continue to rise. Regrowth risk rate has risen: on Sunday it reached a level of 422, and 24 hours later it is 500. In the last 24 hours, in addition, 144 new hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have been registered, raising the number of admitted to 2,084, of which 392 they are in ICU beds.

The speed of reproduction of the disease (rt) has risen and is at 1.27, while the accumulated incidence in the last 14 days is 409.14 per 100,000 inhabitants. The total death toll stands at 17,223, which is 32 more than those registered on Sunday: 10,660 in a hospital or social health center, 4,388 in residence, 985 at home and 1,190 that are not classifiable due to lack of information.

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