Regions in Catalonia and Melbourne enter Covid-19 lockdowns as virus surges

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Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region has locked down an area with around 200,000 residents near the town of Lerida following a surge in cases of the new coronavirus.

“We have decided to confine the del Segria zone following data confirming a sharp rise in Covid-19 infections,” Catalonia’s regional president Quim Torra told reporters. He stated that no one would be allowed to enter or leave the area.

Thousands of residents in several high-rise apartments in Melbourne went into lockdown for at least five days, as officials struggle to control a virus outbreak in the city.

Hundreds of police were deployed to enforce the lockdown of nine public housing towers, as the country recorded its biggest daily increase of coronavirus cases in months.