Second Spanish region locks down again after spike in coronavirus cases as Brits prepare to jet off on holiday

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A SECOND Spanish region has been thrust into lockdown after a fresh coronavirus outbreak – just as Brits are set to jet in for holidays.

Entry into and out of La Marina, near Lugo in Galicia, will be banned from midnight today except under special circumstances such as work reasons.

However, locals will not be stopped from moving within the 14 municipalities that make up the region.

The use of face masks will also be made mandatory at all times outdoors, including on beaches and swimming pools.

Bars and restaurants will also have to respect new closing times and tighter restrictions on the number of customers.

The lockdown follows a new Covid-19 outbreak which has seen 106 people test positive for the virus.

Local reports say all those who don’t live in La Marina will have to leave the area at midnight tonight or stay for the next five days.

La Marina is a coastal village in the Alicante province in eastern Spain, on the Costa Blanca.

Yesterday authorities ordered a lockdown for 210,000 people in the Segria region of Lerida province in Catalonia.

A total of 38 municipalities have been affected. The city of Lerida is also among the area that has been shut off from the rest of the country.

Catalan president Quim Torre said after announcing the lockdown: “We cannot relax for one minute until we stop this voracious virus.

“I have told police to fine anyone who doesn’t respect the rules designed to protect us.”

Spain opened up to British tourists on June 21 three months after shutting its borders and more have started to jet to Spain in July following a small trickle in the first few days.

Spain has registered 297,625 coronavirus cases and 28,385 deaths, making it one of the worst affected countries in Europe.

After imposing a strict lockdown on March 14, the government has been gradually easing restrictions in a multi-phase plan since early May. 

Last month, Spain announced plans to open its borders to foreign tourists – including those from Britain and Ireland – in a bid to kickstart its economy.

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