Spain stops some 200,000 people from leaving Catalonia

The lockdown comes as some regions of Spain are seeing their highest numbers of COVID-19 cases thus far.
1:32 | 07/04/20

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Next, overseas, and the new lockdown in Spain. One of Europe's hardest hit countries now barring some 200,000 people from leaving the catalonia region as cases there surge. ABC's Ian Pannell is in London, where officials are beginning to lift restrictions. Reporter: Tonight, Spain issuing a new lockdown, with covid-19 surging in the north of the country. As many as 200,000 people in catalonia are now barred from leaving the area, but the restrictions won't be as severe as before. Spain's been one of the worst affected countries in Europe. This as countries across the continent start to ease their lockdowns, allowing more visitors to travel there. But as cases continue to rise in the U.S., nonessential travel to the eu still banned. Five American tourists and their friends who tried to breach the ban by flying into Italy on a private jet were turned away by airport authorities. And today, England celebrated its own Independence day of sorts, as pubs reopened for the first time since lockdown began. Lovely to have a nice pint. Reporter: Case numbers have fallen in the uk, but in a warning of the dangers of easing restrictions like this, the city of leicester has also reimposed a lockdown after a new outbreak there. Although pubs will enforce social distancing, prime minister Boris Johnson's warning that if the numbers rise, he won't hesitate to put the brakes on and reimpose restrictions. Whit? Ian Pannell in London, thank you.

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