Outbreaks in Catalonia and Aragon have caused the number of daily new infections nationally to shoot up to levels not seen since full lockdown in May. The Ministry of Health said on Thursday that there are now 158 active local outbreaks across Spain involving nearly 2,000 people who tested positive for Covid-19.
In the northern Aragon region, the authorities have admitted that they are facing a “new epidemic wave” and residents in the region’s large capital city, Zaragoza, have been urged not to leave.
Some 70% of the 580 positive test results announced on Thursday by central government came from the Aragon and Catalonia regions alone.
Barcelona city council is urging people to scale back their social activity in groups, although it has so far ruled out a local lockdown.