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At the rate of the fifth wave of covid, the curfew returns to Spain

Great festivals in pandemic were an expensive mistake in Catalonia that now pays the price in form curfew, with its epicenter in Barcelona, ​​when covid cases increase in a fifth wave throughout Spain.

“Things have not been done well”, Catalan Health Minister Josep Maria Argimon said in an interview on Catalunya Ràdio, where he spoke of the high rate of infections in the community. “We should have reacted earlier,” he admitted.

Great festivals in times of pandemic, such as Vida, Cruïlla and Canet Rock were “a mistake” and he clarified that “he would not repeat it.”

For now, according to the newspaper La Vanguardia, preliminary data from studies carried out during the events do not reveal that they had a great impact. But the crowding of people dancing and singing made for a disturbing picture.

Now, unable to stop the escalation of infections by coronavirus, Catalonia will apply again from this Friday night and for at least seven days a night curfew that will affect Barcelona already several very tourist towns in this area of ​​Spain.

The curfew will be between 1 and 6 in the morning, until next July 23, and in 161 municipalities.

Among them is Barcelona and also very touristy coastal towns such as Salou, Sitges and Lloret de Mar.

With the incidence soaring, the court observed in its brief that the relevance of the measure it was “a loud cry”, and pointed out that it might have to be prolonged.

The affected municipalities meet the criteria of the Catalan health authorities to request the measure: a population of more than 5,000 inhabitants, with an incidence of more than 400 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days.

Since the second state of alarm in Spain declined on May 9, the regions, competent in health matters, are obliged to obtain the approval of the courts to apply the curfew.

“The night confinement has been endorsed. It is a difficult but necessary measure to stop contagions, protect lives and the health system. It will come into force tonight,” Catalan regional president Pere Aragonès tweeted.

For several days, the accumulated incidence it has not stopped rising in Catalonia.

On Thursday, according to the Health Ministry, there were 1,107 cases of coronavirus in the region per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days, a rate that far exceeds the extreme risk thresholds.

The young, infected

The situation is even worse among young people between 20 and 29 years old, who at the moment have not had as much access to the vaccine like the older age groups and they have taken advantage of this beginning of summer to enjoy themselves in bars and beaches, with the consequent relaxation of precautions.

In this group, the incidence in Catalonia is 3,375 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.

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Since Monday, measures have been multiplied in different parts of Spain to stop the escalation of cases.

In Valencia, Justice authorized a night curfew on Monday between 01:00 and 06:00 in the morning in 32 locations, and the limitation of meetings to ten people.

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In the north of Spain, Navarra will present a similar request, and Cantabria awaits the authorization of the justice to also apply the night curfew in cities like Santander.

Although Catalonia is the region most affected by the explosion in the number of infections, the trend the rise is widespread in Spain, with an average, on Thursday, of 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days.

The national average quintuplici the one observed three weeks ago, which gives an idea of ​​the spread of the virus.

The impact of this fifth wave of the pandemic in Spain is currently translating into a limited increase in hospital admissions. The death toll is still low, thanks to the vaccination campaign, that has covered the vast majority of the most vulnerable population.

According to the latest data from the Ministry of Health, 60.6% of the 47 million residents in Spain have the first dose of the vaccine in place, and 48.4% the complete regimen.

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