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  • Residents of Barcelona flock to the hilly Collserola park on the first weekend after the return of the county-level lockdown (by Albert Segura Lorrio)

    County-level lockdown sees Barcelona residents flock to the hills

    ACN | Barcelona
    11 April 2021 02:59 PM
    Costa Brava coastal areas were emptied of visitors, while the poor weather conditions made sunbathing impossible

HIGHLIGHTS


Musicians Cesk Freixas and Pau Alabajos performing on stage (image from Barcelona city council website)

Artistic performances and community events to mark Second Republic anniversary in Barcelona

‘Primavera Republicana’ historical memory event will last from April 13-18
Health professionals walking on a rural pathway delivering vaccines to the village of Ivorra in central Catalonia (by Oriol Bosch)

Vaccinating the countryside: traversing mountains on foot to administer vital doses

In Catalonia’s rural Sagarra region all vulnerable over 80s and their carers have received the...
Medical professionals attend to a Covid-19 patient in intensive care (by Laura Fíguls)

Hospitals warn of ever-increasing ICU occupancy amid fourth pandemic wave

Covid-19 coordinators say metrics seen during low points between waves are getting increasingly...

COVID-19


Graph showing the first week of the vaccine rollout in Catalonia

Covid-19 vaccine rollout progress in Catalonia: graph updated daily

Doses began on December 27, 2020, with authorities aiming to administer it to 70% of the...
Screenshot of a chart showing daily coronavirus cases reported in Catalonia

Coronavirus in Catalonia: daily figures explained in graphs

See how outbreak has evolved since February 25, 2020
A terrace in Tarragona, on the day bar and restaurant closures were announced, October 14, 2020 (Eloi Tost)

What are the latest Covid-19 measures in Catalonia?

County-level lockdown restored until April 19 at least

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POLITICS


MP in Spain's congress Joan Josep Nuet entering Supreme Court for his trial, in Madrid, on March 24, 2021 (by Andrea Zamorano)

Supreme Court disqualifies 2017 parliament bureau member for independence push

Current Esquerra MP in Congress Joan Josep Nuet convicted to 8 months political disqualification...
ERC's candidate for the presidency of Catalonia, Pere Aragonès (by Job Vermeulen)

Minority government of pro-independence Esquerra on the table

Junts say they will not push country to snap election and could support Aragonès-led...
The parliament speaker, Laura Borràs, with Junts' MP Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas, on March 30, 2021 (by Job Vermeulen)

MP replaced in parliament bureau after self-determination motions 'nonsense' remarks

Pro-independence Junts' Madaula to take place of Cuevillas, who had said risking disqualification...

SOCIETY


A section of the painting 'Witches' Sabbath' by Francisco Goya (1798)

The witch-hunt in Catalonia: one of the earliest and deadliest in Europe

Over a thousand people were sentenced for witchcraft, and calls to revisit their stories are...
At witch trials women were stripped and their bodies examined for the mark of the devil

PODCAST: The truth about Catalonia's witches and witch-hunts

Filling the Sink attempts to separate fact from fiction with the help of Sònia Casas from...

BUSINESS


An unemployment office in the city of Barcelona (by Ivette Lehmann)

Unemployment falls slightly in March with half a million still left without work

There are now 505,900 jobless in Catalonia, an increase of 21.31% compared to the same month last...
Letters spell 'Google' during the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai (courtesy of Reuters)

Google becomes biggest tech firm to pull out of Mobile World Congress’ in-person event

Trade fair will still be held in Barcelona this summer, despite cancellations from Sony,...
Chocolate Baby Yoda figures at the Miró bakery in Castellterçol (by Estefania Escolà)

Smaller Easter cakes for restricted social gatherings

Bakeries in Catalonia hope to return to pre-pandemic sales, but a reduction in size will make...

MOST POPULAR


See how outbreak has evolved since February 25, 2020

County-level lockdown restored until April 19 at least

Doses began on December 27, 2020, with authorities aiming to administer it to 70% of the population by end of August 

CULTURE


Photograph of the crowd of some 5,000 people at the concert-experiment without social distancing held in Barcelona (by Pere Francesch)

Results of concert-experiment with 5,000 attendees to be announced next week

Data collection will end this Saturday and the results will be shared with government authorities
The stall of a book shop that specialises in children's books during the July Sant Jordi celebrations of 2020 (by Mar Vila)

What will this year’s Sant Jordi festival look like?

Amid constantly evolving coronavirus measures, this year’s celebration of romance and...

LIFE & STYLE


Screenshot from the Lidl website displaying their new Prospero food processor for sale

Lidl returns to market with new product after losing food processor legal battle

Supermarket chain was forced to withdraw their Monsieur Cuisine cooking assistant, but now...
A moment from the opening night of the fireworks show in Blanes. (Photo: Lourdes Casademont)

Blanes postpones 50th edition of iconic firework contest due to pandemic

The committee makes the decision "reluctantly" to delay the internationally renowned event for...
Rural tourism house in Berguedà, located inland in northern Catalonia (by Estefania Escolà)

Bookings for this weekend and Easter skyrocket due to end of county-level lockdown

Inland cottages and accommodation in Pyrenees among most popular destinations

SPORTS


The Sitges GAA gaelic football team (photo courtesy of Cathal O Cuaig)

Imported Sports - Gaelic football among the Irish community

Catalonia’s diverse immigrant population have brought new traditions and sports to our shores
Spanish national team manager Luis Enrique photographed during a press conference (image from Spanish Football Federation)

Spanish football federation stirs political controversy by avoiding referring to Kosovo as a country

Statement lashes out at “destructive” attitude of Spain toward Kosovo ever since declaring...

TECH & SCIENCE


Catalan oncologist Josep Baselga receives the Catalonia International Award in 2016 (by ACN)

Josep Baselga, pioneer of cancer treatments and oncology, dies at 61

Catalan doctor revolutionised molecular mechanism understanding, saving countless lives
Catalonia's first nanosatellite, 'Enxaneta', launched at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (by GK Launch Services)

High hopes for Catalonia’s nanosatellites

Launching of 'Enxaneta' and creation of the Catalan Space Agency hope to boost local economy

IN DEPTH


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PODCAST: Filling the Sink – all episodes

From sport and culture to news and current affairs, 15-minute podcasts on all things Catalan 
The defendants during the trial on the 2017 independence referendum, February 12, 2019 (EFE Pool)

A referendum, an independence bid, and the many trials that ensued

A guide to the judicial cases, the courts, the charges, and the defendants

CATALAN TRIAL


The defendants during the trial on the 2017 independence referendum, February 12, 2019 (EFE Pool)

Constitutional Court magistrate withdraws from referendum case

Defense had requested Cándido Conde-Pumpido's recusal for 2017 comments stating...
Jailed Catalan leaders Dolors Bassa (left) and Carme Forcadell (Photos by Marina López and Gerard Artigas)

Court revokes privileges for jailed pro-independence leaders Forcadell and Bassa

Both politicians lose regular day leaves and will have to enter prison again as the other seven...
State Attorney Rosa María Seoane, during the interrogation of pro-independence activist Jordi Turull in the Supreme Court, February 19, 2019 (Supreme Court)

Spanish government decision on pardoning jailed leaders nears after report

Solicitor general avoids taking a side, non-binding Supreme Court review remains last step before...