Commuters in Quarantined Catalonia Town Wait in Long Lines at Police Checkpoints

Motorists in Igualada, Spain, had to wait in long lines at police checkpoints to get in and out of the town on March 12, after the government put towns in Catalonia under quarantine for COVID-19 as the number of new cases spiked in the country.

The Catalonian police announced four towns, including Igualada, would be placed under quarantine on March 13. Under the restrictive measure, nobody would be allowed to leave the area.

There were 2,140 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Spain and 48 deaths from the virus as of March 12, with 501 new cases confirmed on the same day, according to the World Health Organization. Spain’s health ministry reported 260 cases in the Catalonia region.

Local photographer Susanna Saez Catlla captured the footage of commuters stuck in “hours-long queues” and shared the video in a post to Twitter. Credit: Susanna Saez Catlla via Storyful