Around 140,000 residents of a city in Spain have found themselves back in a draconian full lockdown following a surge in Covid-19 cases there.

Those who live in the city of Lleida and seven municipalities in the Segria region, have been told they are only allowed to go out to buy food and essentials or go to the bank.

Those whose jobs are deemed ‘essential’ are allowed to go to work, while others have been told they must work from home – and officials have also banned meetings of more than 10 people.

But just where in Spain is Lleida – and is the country still safe to visit?

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Where is Lleida in Spain?

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Lleida is located in Catalonia, and is around 100 miles away from Barcelona.

Although stricter lockdown measures have been imposed in Lleida, lockdown measures have been imposed upon the whole region following a surge in Covid-19 cases.

Officials in Lleida, which is 100 miles from Barcelona, and the surrounding areas have also banned meetings of more than 10 people.

Weddings will also be cancelled and restaurants are only permitted to do home deliveries. Over the past 24 hours, Catalonia has registered 816 new cases. The Segria region is said to have accounted for 190 of the total.

As well as that region, La Marina, north of Lugo in Galicia, has also been placed back in lockdown.

Is it safe to travel to Spain?

Spain is on the recently released list of places people in England can travel to without needing to quarantine upon their return.

This advice has not changed in spite of the local lockdowns.

Spain have also previously said have also said that UK visitors are welcome – and said last month that UK citizens could travel to Spain without having to go into quarantine on arrival, even though at the time anyone travelling to the UK from Spain had to self-isolate for 14 days.

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