Benidorm under threat of new coronavirus outbreak as family of four tests positive for bug

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TOURIST hotspot Benidorm is under threat from a new coronavirus outbreak after a family of four all tested positive for the bug.

It could become the third coronavirus outbreak in the Alicante region with eight new positive cases in the past day bringing the total number of infections to 4,027.

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Reports say the family members are all well and the people they have come into contact with are currently being traced.

It is not known if the family are locals or tourists.

The other two outbreaks in Alicante were in Santa Pola, affecting a total of eight people.

Spanish health authorities on Wednesday reported four deaths from Covid-19 and 390 confirmed cases in the last 24 hours, the worst figures across the country since lockdown was eased on June 21.

Spain’s total official death toll since the beginning of the pandemic is now 28,413.

In the southern region of Andalusia, where face masks have also become mandatory, authorities reported 14 active outbreaks on Wednesday.

One of the provinces badly affected by a recent surge in coronavirus cases is Catalonia where a number of regions have been put back under a partial lockdown, including the city of Lleida.

The region’s capital Barcelona, another big tourist attraction, could be forced to reintroduce restrictions after the satellite city of L’Hospitalet was forced to bring in lockdown measures.

There were 164 coronavirus cases reported between June 29 and July 5 in Barcelona. Between July 6 and 12, that figure shot up to 496.

Cantabria, Murcia, Aragón, La Rioja, Navarre, Asturias, Extremadura, Catalonia and the Balearic Islands have also made face coverings compulsory in public spaces.

The Spanish parliament agreed at €16billion package on Wednesday to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

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