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Second Spanish region goes into lockdown after spike in coronavirus cases

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A second Spanish region will go into lockdown following a fresh coronavirus outbreak.

Some 70,000 people in La Marina, north of Lugo in Galicia, will be barred from leaving the area from midnight tonight, except in exceptional circumstances.

As part of the extra Covid-19 measures, residents will be required to wear face masks at all times apart from when they are eating, drinking or swimming.

It comes after Catalan authorities in El Segria, around the city of Lleida, imposed a new lockdown in response to a spike in cases .

Face masks will be required when on the beach unless swimming (REUTERS)

Jose Manuel Pereira, manager of Hotel Thalasso Cantabrico Las Sirenas in Viveiro, told local press: “We’re going to wait to see what’s published by officials later so we know exactly what the new rules are going to be.

“We’re going to wait to see what clients say because some were due to leave today and others were due to arrive today or in the next few days.”

The first outbreak was concentrated around Lleida, Spain (REUTERS)

This is the second region to enter lockdown in the country and Catalan regional authorities announced on Saturday that movement would be restricted in El Segria, around the city of Lleida.

Residents had until 4pm local time to enter the area and were not be allowed to leave unless they had essential workers status.

Catalonia’s regional president Quim Torra told reporters: “We have decided to confine the del Segria zone following data confirming a sharp rise in Covid-19 infections.

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