Holidays to Spain may effectively be over for this summer as the country faces a worrying spike in coronavirus cases. Spain was removed from the UK’s travel corridor list at the end of July, despite the country receiving an influx of British tourists. Britons returning from Spain have to face 14 days in quarantine.
If they are caught flouting the rules, they could face a fine and a criminal record.
Spain recorded more than 23,000 new coronavirus cases since Friday, according to health emergency chief Fernando Simon.
Although the figures seem high, the infection rate has actually dropped since August 21.
The popular holiday destination has now put stringent restrictions on another part of the country after a spike in localised cases.
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Beniganim in Valencia has been put in lockdown after recording a spike in coronavirus cases.
The new measures have been put on 5,800 residents of the area.
Beniganim is located just 60 miles from the popular resort of Benidorm which is located on the Costa Blanca.
A total of 75 positive cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the area.
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The new restrictions were put in place yesterday.
People can only leave or enter the area if they need to visit a doctor, go to work, return to their primary residence and care for other people.
Restaurants, gyms and senior centres have all been closed and face-to-face educational classes have been suspended.
The area recorded a coronavirus infection rate of 34.24 cases per 100,000 people in the middle of last month.
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This has now reportedly risen to 994.46 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
Spain’s case rate as a country is 122.3 per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
Valencia’s health minister Ana Barceló said: “The rise in cases in the last seven days shows significant propagation of the virus in Benigànim, and indicates sustained community transmission, which makes the adoption of the stated temporary measures necessary, with the aim of stopping and alleviating the risk of contagion in order to take back control of the epidemiological situation as soon as possible.”
Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has also said that the government is concerned about a surge of coronavirus cases in Madrid.
The capital has accounted for almost half of all deaths reported in the last seven days.
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Mr Sanchez said in an interview today: “We are worried about the state of public health and the evolution of the virus in Madrid.”
Spain’s National Statistics Institute said that foreigners visiting Spain has fallen by 75 percent compared with last year.
The country welcomed just 2.5 million tourists from abroad this year.
Spain usually welcomes 75 million international tourists each year.
Additional reporting by Rita Sobot