BRITS holidaying on the Costa Blanca have been warned that they could get trapped in local lockdowns which would stop them getting back to the UK.
Thousands more people have been threatened with lockdown in south-east Spain unless the health situation improves in the next 48-72 hours.
The town of Totana, Murcia was locked down after more than 50 people tested positive for coronavirus at the Dubai pub.
People are only allowed to the leave the town if their trip is “absolutely necessary”, according to health minister Manuel Villegas.
Gatherings with family and friends are limited to a maximum of 10 people and restaurants are only permitted to open at 50 per cent capacity, reported the Olive Press.
At least 16 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in recent days in Lorca and 70 cases in the city of Murcia were reportedly registered in the past week.
Barcelona and the whole of Catalonia also face a total lockdown in just 10 days if coronavirus cases continue to spike, its president warned today.
The region’s political chief Quim Torra described the next 10 days as “the most important of the summer”, saying the situation was “critical”.
As coronavirus cases surge nationwide, British holidaymakers could end up stranded on the Costa Blanca if other towns and cities follow in Totana’s footsteps.
Benidorm’s demand to be left out of the UK’s new 14 day quarantine rule for Brits returning home to Spain has so far not materialised.
Thousands of British tourists were ordered to self-isolate for 14 days on their return from Spain or face a £1,000 fine after Spain was removed from a quarantine ‘safe’ list.
Benidorm, a hotspot with British tourists, says its number one priority at the moment is to campaign for the order to be lifted.
Mayor Toni Pérez said he loathes to see preferential treatment for individual Spanish destinations but he insists the city is one of the regions where the potential spread of coronavirus is under control.
“The British tourist is essential for the recovery and maintenance of a tourist activity that is developing as planned from Benidorm, since the rate of reservations, due to the projection of the destination and the confidence generated in the British market was on the rise,” he said.
“Benidorm has worked very hard from minute one of this situation to develop protocols and security measures for residents and tourists.”
Spain’s coronavirus death toll has been questioned after it was found to account for only those formally diagnosed.
Suspected cases who were never tested were excluded from the data, according to an investigation by El Pais.
Regional statistics of suspected and confirmed fatalities from the virus would reach 44,868 deaths, the newspaper concluded.
If accurate, that would make Spain’s outbreak the second deadliest in Europe after Britain’s.
“The truth is that the epidemiological situation in Spain is very uneven,” the investigation reports.
“There is a paradox that nine Spanish autonomous communities are below the current incidence in the United Kingdom.
“Among them, the archipelagos of the Canary and Balearic Islands, whose governments are trying to establish air corridors with the United Kingdom to try to save their tourist seasons.”
The majority of new cases in the country seem to be restricted to Catalonia and Aragon.
Nearly 7,000 cases have been logged in Catalonia in the past 14 days, nearly half the nationwide total.
Spain’s rate of cases per 100,000 people is currently 39.4, according to the European Union’s European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). This compares with the UK’s rate of 14.6.