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Home lockdown to be considered if current restrictions fall short of aim

Catalan government says schools would not necessarily close, as Spain sees confinement as remote possibility

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31 October 2020 11:41 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

Catalonia has two weeks to stop the progression of Covid-19 if its residents want to avoid a home lockdown similar to the one enforced in March and April.

This is what is inferred from a press conference on Friday by the Catalan health department's secretary general, Marc Ramentol – the health public secretary, Josep Maria Argimon, tested positive for coronavirus and was hospitalized for several days, with him recovering at home now.

Ramentol said that a home confinement is not ruled out if the measures enforced on Friday are not enough to stop the virus – the authorities usually assess the effectiveness of regulations two weeks after being implemented.

Yet, such a lockdown could be different from that in March, and schools might remain open.

"We know that closing schools is not a measure that probably would be effective now, and that is why we have not enforced it," he said. "With this I mean that when we talk about home lockdown, it might not necessarily be the same as in March."

 

  • "When we talk about home lockdown, it might not necessarily be the same as in March"

    Marc Ramentol · Catalan health secretary general

In any case, he explained that the current restrictions will not be lifted until the peak of transmissions is reached, the curve is flattened and the pressure in hospital decreases.

The current measures include the closure of bars, most cultural venues, gyms and shopping malls, a night curfew, the closure of Catalonia's borders and a weekend partial lockdown, among other measures to decrease the social life in the country.

Spain cools on idea of lockdown

Also on Friday, Spain's health minister, Salvador Illa, believed that the measures that the current state of alarm entails should be enough to stop the pandemic's second wave.

He believes that "it will not be necessary" to order a home confinement.

Indeed, he admitted that the current state of alarm gives regional governments extra powers, but not instructing a full lockdown.

"We believe the current measures will be effective," he added, calling on the public to give the restrictions time.

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