The Generalitat de Catalunya has announced that at 12:00 hours this Saturday they will confine perimeter the region of The Segrià (Lleida) given the increase in coronavirus infections, although until 4:00 p.m. those who reside in Segrià or do not reside, respectively, may enter or leave the region. This is how the president has expressed it Quim Roast after chairing a meeting with the technical committee of the Procicat.
“The Government has as priority life and health of people, and will take all the necessary decisions and measures “, declared Torra at a press conference from the Palau de la Generalitat.
He has said that it is a difficult decision but he has sent a message of serenity and support to the neighbors, as well as his commitment to their land and the economy: “We ask you to watch over the most vulnerable.” massive social networks that you can now perfectly delay and that you had planned “.
“It is important that we now make this effort to protect you and your loved ones,” added Torra, who has also addressed the entire Catalan population to urge them not to relax.
The mobility restrictions affect the exits and entrances of workers in the region and the transport of business and economic activities, although journeys by motorways and motorways that cross the area will be allowed, provided they are not originating or destined for Segrià .
To these restrictions on mobility is added the prohibition of meetings of more than ten people, both in the private and public sphere, as well as “reducing social activity”, especially contacts with different environments, has announced the minister of Cheers, Alba Vergès.
The measures agreed by the Government urge older people to remain confined to their homes, so that they go out only for what is “absolutely essential”, while day centers for the elderly will be closed and family visits will be vetoed in nursing homes, according to Vergés.
Torra has also ordered extreme hygiene measures in agricultural areas, whose workers must limit their activity in public and private spaces to what is strictly necessary.
Fines for those who do not respect the rules
He has also reiterated the need to use masks, intensify hand hygiene and maintain the physical distance recommended by the experts: “We cannot relax for a second.”
He has warned that he has given instructions to the Minister of the Interior, Miquel Buch, for the Mossos d’Esquadra and local police to fine those who do not respect the rules that “protect everyone” if necessary.
The Catalan Health Department has made this decision after the eight active sprouts and its rapid contagion rate in the Lleida region. East lockdown will affect 200,000 people.
Just yesterday a field hospital was opened in l’Arnau de Vilanova de Lleida due to the increase in COVID patients.
Endorsement of the judge
The Lleida guard judge has endorsed the confinement, given the “imminent and extraordinary risk to public health”, although he has limited it to a period of fifteen days, which may be extended depending on the evolution of the pandemic.
In a car, the head of the Court of Instruction number 4 of Lleida has ratified the resolution of the Generalitat. For the judge, the increase in COVID cases detected in this region and the evolution of the epidemic curve represents “a risk to collective health derived from the high risk of spread, which justifies the limitation of freedom of movement “.
Likewise, the order adds, “the existence of an imminent and extraordinary risk to public health that requires measures to prevent the advance and spread of the disease is public and notorious,” without the restrictions agreed by the Government being considered “excessively burdensome or disproportionate “.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.