Catalonia Announces Stricter Corona Rules

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The Spanish region of Catalonia has announced new corona measures that will take effect next Friday. In the region, including Barcelona, corona infections have risen rapidly in recent weeks.


Nightclubs, bars and cafes have to close, there will be a curfew from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., and the maximum occupancy in restaurants will be significantly reduced. People are also allowed to receive fewer guests at home. The rules apply for a period of fifteen days.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday about the corona situation in the country with the leaders of the Spanish regions. The regions largely determine their own corona policy. The consultations are about possibly stricter measures, such as in Catalonia, and about harmonizing all the rules.

Spain currently does not have a strict corona policy compared to countries such as Austria and the Netherlands. Although more than 90 percent of adults have been vaccinated against the coronavirus and the booster shots are also taken quickly, at least 70 percent of the over-60s have already received an extra vaccination.

According to Sánchez, the good vaccination campaign is the reason that there are far fewer hospital admissions than a year ago.

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