Coronavirus outbreaks in Spain raise worries over lockdown, tourism


MADRID, July 27 (Xinhua) — Spain’s Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism Reyes Maroto on Monday voiced hope that negotiations with Britain could lift the quarantine imposed on people returning from the Balearic and Canary Islands.

“There have been conversations since the weekend with the British authorities about dropping quarantine for those visiting the islands as soon as possible,” Maroto said.

Maroto made the remarks after Britain abruptly imposed a 14-day quarantine for travelers from Spain as more COVID-19 cases have been reported in various areas in the country.

The French government has also recommended their citizens not to travel to Spain, adding fear of the collapse of tourism and criticism from regions in Spain with a lower infection rate.

Even though the Spanish government insists the country is safe to travel to, health authorities have acknowledged that the country may be experiencing a second wave of cases.

The health ministry noted that cases in Spain have tripled in the last two weeks, with Catalonia and Aragon regions the main epicenters of outbreaks. Nearly 8,000 cases have been diagnosed in Catalonia in the past 14 days.

The majority of cases have been detected in bars and nightclubs, as well as seasonal fruit and vegetable pickers. On Friday, the Catalan regional government ordered a curfew on all bars and night clubs in the region, but youngsters continue to gather in big groups on the streets.

According to health ministry data, Spain has a total of 278,782 coronavirus cases as of Monday, up from 272,421 on Friday. Enditem


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