July 13, 2020 / 9:46 AM / a month ago

Catalan leader calls on citizens to defy judge on confinement refusal

FILE PHOTO - Catalan regional leader Quim Torra attends a news conference after meeting with Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez at Palau de la Generalitat in Barcelona, Spain February 6, 2020. REUTERS/Albert Gea

BARCELONA (Reuters) - The regional leader of Spain’s Catalonia called on the residents of the city of Lleida to follow his government’s home confinement orders after a rise in coronavirus cases despite a judge’s decision to bar the lockdown.

Quim Torra told a news briefing it was impossible to accept the judge’s ruling because of the risks involved, adding that his government would approve a decree to tackle the growing number of cases in the region.

Reporting by Joan Faus, writing by Andrei Khalip; Editing by Nathan Allen

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