August 25, 2020, 06.18 PM

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Catalan leader Quim Torra said the next three weeks — when thousands of workers will return from holidays and children are due to head back to school — will be crucial for reducing Covid-19 transmission.

"No distractions, no deviations and maximum concentration ... because one way or another this country has to get back to work and reopen schools," he told a news conference in Barcelona.

With the start of the school term just weeks away, teachers and parents' associations are angry at the government's lack of a coherent back-to-school plan.

Madrid, which has logged more than 24,000 cases in the past two weeks, has urged people in the worst-hit areas to stay at home and has not ruled out targeted lockdowns if the situation deteriorates.

(Writers: Jose Elías Rodríguez, Nathan Allen, Emma Pinedo | Editors: Andrei Khalip, Jane Merriman)

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-spain/spains-coronavirus-cases-top-400000-after-new-surge-last-week-idUSKBN25K1WN 

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