Catalonia Will Reduce Social Gatherings To a Maximum Of Six People

The Departament de Salut de Catalunya intends to reduce the maximum number of people that can meet from the current 10 to a maximum of six. The Secretary of Public Health, Josep Maria Argimon, announced this Tuesday that the Department of Health will propose this week that meetings be further limited to minimize the transmission of COVID-19.

The measure, which has yet to be approved by the Government, aims to limit a transmission that occurs mainly in family settings and gatherings between friends. “It is very important to avoid multiplication,” Argimon insisted, who recalled that in these spaces the population should be “just as demanding” as in other environments such as educational centers.

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The data handled by the Department of Health is not optimistic and Argimon has explained that the levels that exist right now in Catalonia are what his department expected at the end of the month, not this week. “The cases are multiplying very quickly,” lamented the Secretary of Public Health.

Argimon has specified that in Catalonia the rate of contagion speed has increased during the last seven days and has gone from 0.9 to 1.13. That is, each infected person already transmits the virus to more than one person. PCR test positives also continue to rise, from less than 80 per 100,000 residents last week to 92 today.

Although he has clarified that the slight upturn in Catalonia is still incipient, Argimon has warned about the possibility that the curve is more pronounced than that registered last July, when the outbreaks in the metropolitan area and the Segrià led the Generalitat to decree confinements and closures of facilities in dozens of Catalan towns.

Argimon has asked the population to limit their mobility, especially during the next Mercè bridge that begins this Thursday (a holiday in Barcelona). “We must think if it is strictly necessary [la movilidad]”, he pointed out, before asking that it be avoided as much as possible.

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