By Tara Rippin • 31 October 2020 • 12:44
Catalonia has registered a new record of daily Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic as anti-lockdown protests rage in Barcelona.
IN the last 24 hours, 6,212 people have tested positive – the highest number of new infections to date surpassing the previous record of 6,073 positives reported a week ago.
There have been 16 coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the toll to 14,024, with the number of infections now stands at 256,330.
Of the 6,212 positives today, Saturday, October 31, 6,038 have been confirmed by PCR.
There are currently 2,411 coronavirus patients admitted to Catalonia hospitals – down 23 on yesterday – with 463 patients in ICU. This is up 16 since Friday.
The cumulative incidence of cases in the last two weeks is 748.24 per 100,000 inhabitants.
By province, Barcelona has registered the most infections in the last 24 hours, with 4,684.
The department of Health data follows a government announcement that the perimeter of Catalonia will be closed for 15 days from 6am yesterday morning (Friday, October 30) and a municipal confinement on weekends.
The latest coronavirus restrictions in Catalonia sparked riots which descended into a full-scale riot on Friday night as protesters clashed with police officers.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
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