CATALUNYA has announced that it will close all bars and restaurants for 15 days in a bid to tackle a spike in coronavirus cases.

It will be just one of the measures set to be approved on Wednesday which will also include the closing of universities, reported El Mundo.

Classes will take place online while all sports competitions, including at the school and private level, will be postponed, although training will be allowed to continue.

It comes after an illegal rave with more than 200 people was broken up at an abandoned house in Rubio, Barcelona.

The Mossos d’Esquadra police force has opened an investigation into the organisers of the event for alleged crimes against public health.

Some 150 vehicles were parked around the property for the rave, which took place over Sunday and Monday, police revealed today.

Revellers initially refused to leave the party before eventually complying.

Catalunya is the second-hardest hit region in terms of coronavirus in Spain, counting 161,769 cases since the start of the pandemic.

The region reported 1,280 cases on Tuesday and currently has 984 coronavirus sufferers admitted in its hospitals, of which 172 are in intensive care.

Its current incidence rate of the virus is 338.49 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

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