Riudecols, a small municipality of less than 1,100 inhabitants in the province of Tarragona, was one of the territories awarded with the Extraordinary Draw of the Christmas Lottery on December 22nd. On that date, which has remained forever in the history of this town, the joy overflowed after its citizens were awarded some 200 million euros.
However, a month later the festive atmosphere has disappeared from the town. The reason, the alarming increase in coronavirus cases that is being registered. And it is that in this time the infections in this Catalan population have increased by 386%, as recorded elDiario.es, a figure that has activated all the alarms of the health authorities.
The celebrations, possible origin
The townspeople point to the celebrations that took place after learning that they had been awarded the Christmas Lottery Fat as the origin of the current situation. They claim that the happiness of the moment caused a relaxation in prevention measures that has now caused the accumulated incidence to skyrocket now.
The cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days have grown to 2,881 positive, as reflected in the indicators of last Tuesday, January 19, which has led to the concern of the citizens of Riudecols to increase.
Christmas, the other factor
The City Council of this municipality considers that there is a direct relationship between this increase in infections with the celebrations of the Christmas Lottery, despite the fact that the health authorities assure that they do not know the causes. This is reflected in elDiario.es by the councilor for services, Raül Grau. “It has been a combination of several factors at the same time. On the one hand, the lottery, and on the other, a Christmas in which everyone was happy and wanted to celebrate and share what they won ”, states in this medium.
El Gordo was especially celebrated by the employees of Industrias Teixidó, a company located in Riudecols that acquired 80% of the tenths. For some residents it was also the second consecutive year that they celebrated the first prize of the Christmas Lottery, after in 2019 they acquired the tenth winner in a social club in Reus.