By Amech Idumuebor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Spain’s Catalonia region has locked down a county of more than 400,000 people following a surge in coronavirus cases – just as Brits prepare to go there on holiday.
The western Catalan city of Lleida and the rest of Segrià county was put under lockdown from midday today.
‘We have decided to confine the del Segria zone following data confirming a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections,’ Catalonia’s regional president Quim Torra told reporters, adding that no one would be allowed to enter or leave the area.
Around 431,183 people live in Lleida, according to 2019 figures, which is 173.9km inland from Barcelona.
It comes after the UK Government lifted restrictions to let people living in England travel to the country on ‘air bridges’ – meaning holidaymakers won’t have to go into quarantine as long as they return to England on or after July 10.