The Catalan government has recommended that the upcoming Champions League football match between FC Barcelona and SSC Napoli be played behind closed doors. The game is scheduled for March 18, at 9pm CET, with a spot in the competition’s quarter-finals at stake – the first leg ended in an indecisive 1-1 draw. On Monday morning, Catalonia’s secretary general for sport, Gerard Figueras, said that the match should be played without fans present as a “precaution.”

29 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Catalonia on Sunday, bringing the total figure to 78. Five of those are in a serious condition, according to the Catalan Health department. On Friday evening authorities announced the first death in Catalonia, an 87-year-old woman with a pre-existing condition.

Saturday morning saw the Barcelona marathon postponed, while food and drinks fair Alimentària has been rescheduled for September.

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